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Cherokee Elder Ollie Jean Brown talks about playing as a kid—with dolls and making mud pies.

Video: Cherokee Elder Remembers Making Mud Pies and Playing With Dolls


Cherokee Elder Ollie Jean Brown, of Oklahoma, tells viewers about playing with dolls, making mud pies, and playing hide and seek. The mud pies were important: “We would decorate them,” she says in the video.

Brown says her parents couldn’t always afford store-bought toys, but one Christmas she did get one she really wanted, a Davy Crockett doll. “I just tore into that thing—I just loved him until he just fell apart,” she says.

They had no electricity, and carried water from a nearby creek. Hear more about her life in the video below:

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