17th century warfare between New England Native people and colonists devastated Native communities. While many Native people were killed, others survived and some, including Pequots, were sold as slaves to faraway British colonies like Bermuda. For centuries the people of St. David’s Island, Bermuda, remembered stories about their Native American ancestors. Recently they reconnected with the Native people who share their heritage and history. In 2002, St. David’s Island Bermudians and Native people of New England came together for the First Reconnection Ceremony. This doll and several other gifts were presented to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe as part of the ceremony.


  • Title: Banana Leaf Doll
  • Creator: Ronnie Chameau
  • Date: 2002
  • Location: Bermudan of St. David's Island
  • Physical Dimensions: Banana leaf, coconut palm leaves, feathers, shells, stones, beads, cotton, wool
  • Provenance: Gift of St. David’s Island Indian Committee, Bermuda

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