Don Tenoso

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Award-winning artist-in-residence at the National Museum of Natural History, Don Tenoso (Hunkpapa), with three of his Lakota dolls, is crouching in a niche outside the National Museum of Natural History above a sign that reads "Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of Man." The puppet doll beside Tenoso is called Iktorni ("Trickster doll") and was used to accompany storytelling. In November 1991, the Smithsonian commemorated National American Indian Heritage Month with a cornucopia of performances, demonstrations, special programs, films and lectures.


  • Tenoso, Don
  • National American Indian Heritage Month
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Featured in Torch, November 1991. Tenoso is a member of the Hunkpapa, a Native American group, one of the 7 branches of the Lakota Sioux, also known as the Teton Sioux, tribe. See Negative Number SIA2009-2222 for another image of Don Tenoso and his dolls in 1990.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives Accession 98-015 Box 2 Folder November 1991

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



Restrictions & Rights



  • Art
  • Historians
  • Puppets
  • Public programs
  • Dolls
  • Crafts
  • Indians of North America
  • Indian art
  • Sioux Indians


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid
  • Event

ID Number

SIA2010-0383 or 91-3347-20

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 6.5w x 9.5h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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