Pierre Cherie

Mary Verret & Janie M. Verret Luster1980/1990

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
Mashantucket, United States

The Houma people of Louisiana have made dolls from Spanish moss for a long time. To process the moss, artist Janie Verret Luster explains, “The old way of (curing the Spanish moss) was to put it in the Bayou … taking away the air supply it would start to die and then after … two or three weeks … submerged in the water, you would take it out and put it on the banks of the Bayou in a good sunny location and the sun would dry (it) … that grey would eventually fall off ... it takes anywhere from … six to nine months … for it to turn completely black.”


  • Title: Pierre Cherie
  • Creator: Mary Verret & Janie M. Verret Luster
  • Date: 1980/1990
  • Location: Houma
  • Physical Dimensions: Spanish moss, palmetto, cotton, embroidery thread
  • Provenance: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Campisi

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