Soak the husks for 5-10 minutes to make them pliable.
Make a stack out of four husks and tie a string around the husks around an inch from the top.
Divide the husks into two sections, with two leaves on both sides.
Fold one side over.
Tie a string around the bulge to make the head.
Cut a piece of husk in half longways. Roll it up and tie both end up to create the arms.
Lift up the front two husks and insert the arms in.
Tie a string under the arms to hold them in. From this stage you can vary the doll in many ways. if you cut the front husk a little smaller than the rest, it will appear that the doll is wearing an apron. If you cut a vertical line from the bottom of the dress up to the bottom string, you can tie off "legs" and make a boy.
Watercolor painted by John White on his expedition to Virginia in 1585. It depicts a little girl playing with an English doll, which was part of a series of trinkets given to the Native Americans that Sir Walter Raleigh's men encountered. It was reported that all of the the Natives were "greatlye Dilighted with puppetts, and babes which wear brought oute of England."