The Greeks have Narcissus and the Haudenosaunee have the Cornhusk Doll. They both stared into pools to admire themselves and got punished. Narcissus fell in love with himself. The Cornhusk Doll had her face taken away by her Creator, so she was no longer distracted from her duties. Both stories are parables against vanity in their respective cultures.
Wakia, the No Face Cornhusk Doll has learned humility over the centuries of her existence in this short story. However, she wants her face back. The Haudenosaunee children have lost interest in her. They all want to play with the Settlers’ dolls. Will the Creator grant Wakia’s request? Will the Rez kids play with her again?
Targeted Age Group: 15-60
Written by: Cathy Smith
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Cathy Smith is a Mohawk writer who lives on a Status Reservation on the Canadian Side of the Border on Turtle Island (North America).
She is proud of her people’s heritage and also has an interest in the myths and legends of other peoples and cultures, and modern fantasy and science fiction, which is often derived from past myths and often acts as myths for modern times.
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