Carol Theroux Studio
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Native American Children

There is a story behind each one of Carol's paintings, and she shares her memories next to each image below. The thumbnail images may not show the entire image, so please click on any one of them to see a larger picture. 

Cathy_at_10
Cathy was such a sweet model for me. She wears a white leather cape over her pink taffeta Apache dress. She is an Apache/Navajo girl from White Mountain Reservation in Arizona.
Cathy_at_10
Dancing_the_New_Bustle
He's got his own feather bustle and an owl fan; proud, determined, and scared to death now that he's where he wanted to be ... he knows that he has to perform ... or at the very least, not mess up!
Dancing_the_New_Bustle
Grandma's_Burden_Basket
A traditional burden basket is hard to find today. Worn with a strap over the forehead, the Apache women and girls gathered food and other essentials. My basket was made for me several years ago as was the little calico dress. Joanna was a sweet little model for me for many years.
Grandma's_Burden_Basket
Little_Sister
THIRD PLACE IN GRAPHICS CATEGORY AT THE 37th ANNUAL TRAIL OF TEARS SHOW! ** The little sister is always watched by her older siblings, in this case her big sister. This is a lovely tradition among the Indian families. The pride and tenderness is certainly felt in my painting.
Little_Sister
Cathy
Cathy was a favorite little model for many years. She is an Apache / Navajo Indian. Her intense expression shows patience while I took pictures of her for my paintings.
Cathy
Lakota_Sioux_Cradleboard
This full sized Sioux-styled, beaded cradleboard was made for a real little girl. I first saw it hanging in her father's booth at the Texas Indian Market and just had to own it! If an Indian beads a design or decorates anything, it always has an escape break in the design and is never perfect.
Lakota_Sioux_Cradleboard
Oklahoma_Fancy
When the drum welcomes the dancers at any Pow Wow, it is the colorful "Feather" dancers who lead it. Many different styles of bustles, head-dresses, bells and moccasins adorn these predominantly male dancers. The colors, shapes and movements are like the preening male birds that they imitate.
Oklahoma_Fancy
Navajo_Cradleboard
This painting depicts a Navajo style cradleboard made of cedar with a little one carefully laced into it. Each tribe has a distinctive style of baby board, but just as is today, it was made to protect the helpless baby until it was able to move around on its own.The blanket is a Navajo baby blanket and I hung the "finger-woven" belt for color.
Navajo_Cradleboard
Little_Navajo
When the Indian people have a baby contest for the best dressed or the cutest, the very small children are dressed very beautifully and presented for everyone's enjoyment, except the child.
Little_Navajo
Nap_Time
SOLD! If you attend a Pow Wow celebration you soon realize that all ages are there. Children just rest wherever they are and the drums and singing are just a serenade for their nap time.
Nap_Time
Resting
SOLD! This little Apache girl was so completely asleep that she captivated me and I have painted her many times.
Resting
Fluffies
SOLD! She is just about two years old. The fluffies in her hairpiece are too inviting to leave in her hair. A nap in the Navajo baby blanket is not of interest to her.
Fluffies
Calico_Dress
SOLD! Apache dresses are traditional style with rick-rack trim around the yoke and bottom of the skirt. The most popular style is the blouse and gathered skirt in cotton calico, which originally was used for flour sacks. The little girl wears the red flowered dress.
Calico_Dress
Doeskin_Baby
SOLD! Being dressed in her fancy beaded Kiowa doeskin dress and high top moccasins is not a hindrance to this little girl. Little ones are dressed-up in their regalia at the Pow Wow too long to just stand around looking cute.
Doeskin_Baby
Happy_Talk
SOLD! I love to see the Pow Wow gatherings! They are so colorful and happy. These little girls are at the Crow Fair in Montana, gossiping while waiting for the parade to begin. They wear traditional dresses. The black and red dress sports Elk teeth trim and the white leather dress is of deerskin.
Happy_Talk
Morning_Star
SOLD! A tiny little Apache girl still needs jewelry! Nearly all little ones start with a simple necklace of blue turquoise and earrings in their tiny pierced ears. The glossy blue black hair and beautiful dark eyes are so dramatic.
Morning_Star
Rocky_Boy
SOLD! A Rocky Boy dancer in Montana's Summer Pow Pow find this little Sioux boy dressed to dance. He will need his headdress and bustle to complete his dance costume.
Rocky_Boy
Summer_Sioux
SOLD! Summer is the time to travel to the Pow Wows around the country. The categories are based on the age of the children in each group. Awards are given for the cutest or the best dancer. Just a puzzled moment for this little doeskin clad beauty.
Summer_Sioux
The_Charmer
SOLD! This five year old Cheyenne boy is learning to play the flute. He wears his dance clothes to the Pow Wows and will enter competition dancing.
The_Charmer
Wind_River_Girl
SOLD! The traditional leather dress and hair wraps identify the Sioux girl from Wind River. She has an elegant look about her even at such a young age of 9.
Wind_River_Girl