Diane Tells His Name ~ She Stands Alone
Developed for the Women's Museum Exhibit in 2010, She Stands Alone is beaded on turquoise broadcloth. Leggings are bead-pattern fabric.
Her Story: She has chosen to Stand Alone for the good of her Tribe, being available for mid-wifeing, caring for wounded warriors, wounded hearts, Moon Lodge women, cooking for new mothers and looking after elders, teaching young girls beading and other womanly work necessary for the good of the Tribe.
Many warriors wanted her for their wife, but her decision to Stand Alone was the journey of her life and heart. The People honor her by calling her She Stands Alone.
About the Artist
Oglala Lakota Doll Artist Diane Tells His Name has been crafting dolls, stitching beadwork and creating sketches and other art since childhood. After raising five children and rediscovering her Lakota heritage, Diane returned to college at age 45. After completing her education she spent eight years working as an Artifact Collection Manager and Tribal Research Librarian for a Tribal Museum in San Diego where exposure to the history and beauty of the collections rekindled her interest in her own art.
Since that time, Diane has focused on making dolls that are historically meaningful. Many of the dolls she creates come with a story. Each has a name and unique personality.
Diane’s handmade dolls have been awarded many accolades, exhibited in numerous museums, and she has produced limited editions for sale in museum shops and art galleries across the United States. HER dolls are popular among both doll and Native Art collectors. Honors include:
- Native American Artist’s Showcase, Ottawa Cultural Center in Kansas, Summer 2015.
- Exhibitions in several Montana and South Dakota museums during Summer 2014.
- Diane’s original Medallion Woman Doll was exhibited at the San Diego Native Artists Show in April 2005 and accessioned into the Gene Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles.
- The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian accessioned one of Diane’s earliest creations, Fur Trader’s Granddaughter, in 2010.
- Two dolls were chosen for the Horse in American Indian Culture Exhibit, May Gallery at the University of San Diego, Spring 2015. Bluebird was accessioned into their permanent collection.
Diane leads frequent Doll Making and Native American Information Workshops and welcomes inquiries for booking engagements.
Diane lives in North San Diego County with her husband of many years. Her five grown children and eleven grandchildren all live nearby. Family, powwows, herb gardening and involvement in the San Diego Native Community all add up to a very full and interesting life! Diane is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.