Nevada’s American Indian Artistry: A Century of Heritage

At an impressive 101 years of age, Flora Greene was Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe’s eldest elder. She has since passed, but lived in Nixon all her life and was vital to the community. Greene was born on on February 17, 1917, and has mastered the lost art of making American Indian dolls who are based on her ancestors. No other Nevada tribal member has continued to make these dolls, or knows the complete process in order to do so. Guiding the community with moral decisions and lessons that she has learned from elders before her, Flora is praised in her community and holds the utmost respect from fellow tribe members.

To see some of Flora’s dolls for yourself, check out the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum & Visitor Center, near Pyramid Lake in Nixon. For more information about Flora’s dolls, please contact the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum & Visitor Center at 775-574-1088.