Early California Antiques Shop

Skookum Indian Doll

Regular price $450.00
The history of Skookum dolls starts with Mary McAboy filing two applications for patents for a doll or toy figure on November 29, 1913.  The patents were granted on February 17, 1914.  One of the applications was for a male and the other a female and in three styles – a male doll, a female doll, a female doll with a baby. What does the word Skookum mean?\r\nIt”s a word that originated from the Chinook or Siwash traders of the American Northwest and has a few meanings.  The main one attributed to the Skookum doll is Bully Good! which means very good, excellent or large.  Some other meanings of Skookum are strong, good, brave, tough, best, powerful, and ultimate.