Listen to Matinen (Selma) Michelin talk about how she made tea dolls Matinen (Selma) Michelin
Peter Armitage, curator/facilitator (St. John's, NL), Nympha Byrne, researcher (Natuashish, Labrador) and Gillian Davidge, education consultant (The Rooms, St. John’s, NL)
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My mother taught me. She used to make tea dolls, but she would make them differently, and not the way they are made today. I taught myself to make them and I remembered the old ways people used to dress up - when we were still trading out of Sept-Iles. I had a book that shows how people used to dress up a long time ago. I copied their clothing including their hats when I made the tea dolls and that’s how I dressed up the dolls that I made. [My mother] made them different. Old people like my grandmother and my mother didn´t care about the books and they would make any kind of dolls.