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Indian Doll Quilt
Members of the Comanche Senior Citizen Center; Martha Weryava, Naiomi Tehauno, Virginia Saupitty, Maria Peavy, and Cora Pohawpatchoko
Lawton, Oklahoma
1997
Cotton with polyester filling
49 1/2" x 73”
MSUM TC1998.1
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reseved by the Michigan State University Museum

This quilt was made by elders at the Comanche Senior Citizens Center in Lawton, Oklahoma. This quilt pattern is popular among many Native quilters; depending on the tribal background of the makers, the hair style and clothes used in this pattern will vary.

Martha Weryavah has lived all her life in Walters, Oklahoma. She learned to quilt by watching her grandmother, Flora Simmons and her friends at the Nazarene Church. Before quilting, Martha likes to sing a Comanche church hymn that she learned from her grandmother.

Naomi Tehauno began quilting in 1985, when the Comanche Senior Citizens Center opened. She enjoys making the Indian Doll pattern and star quilts.

Virginia Saupitty was born in 1925 and passed away in 2007. She enjoyed attending powwows, socializing and crossword puzzles along with her quiltmaking. She had five daughters, three sons, 40 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Maria Peavy grew up in Walters, moved to Port Wentworth, Georgia for 12 years, then returned to Walters. Maria is the great-granddaughter of Quanah Parker, granddaughter of Honey Parker, and daughter of May Kosechequetah. Maria learned to quilt from the women at the Comanche Senior Citizens Center.

Cora Pohawpatchoko learned to quilt from her mother, Adeline Apauty. Quiltmaking was a family activity and every member of the family slept under a quilt. Cora likes to make lap quilts for people in nursing homes.


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