Native american star quilt history

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native american star quilt history

Shota and the Star Quilt by Margaret Bateson-Hill

Shota is a young Lakota girl who lives in a contemporary American city. When the block that her family and friends live on is threatened by development, they use long-standing Lakota traditions to find a solution that saves their homes. In working together, they create a beautiful quilt that resolves more than just their problem. This story weaves together traditional folktale values with modern concerns for the urban environment and green issues. In addition to the beautiful folk-style native art illustrations, the complete text of the story is presented in Lakota as well as English.
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Published 21.01.2019

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Native Americans represent several diverse cultures, each rich in symbolism that is represented in artwork ranging from woven Navajo rugs to intricate beading on leather. As settlers and soldiers moved west they brought quilts with them. Native Americans were fascinated with these new bedcoverings. Quilting was also introduced to Native Americans by missionaries who sought to "civilize" the natives by teaching them traditional European homemaking skills. Native American quilters soon found creative ways to incorporate their own cultural designs into their quilts.

These are notes to lightning in my bedroom. A star forged from linen thread and patches. Purple, yellow, red like diamond suckers, children of the star gleam on sweaty nights. It covers my cuts, my red birch clusters under pine. As if lying against a night sky, the center star explodes from its background in a dynamic burst of pattern and color.

The star is an important symbol in traditional Lakota mythology and art. The story of the morning star describes how an old medicine man became the morning star after his death. The morning star was considered to have more power than the sun or moon because of the experience the medicine man gained from living on earth. Consequently, the morning star was a symbol for wisdom and understanding. Today, the eight-pointed star is a symbol for the morning star.

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Flags Star Quilt by Azure Sky Quilts A large single 8-pointed star in the center of a quilt top is sometimes called a "lone star quilt", but many Native Americans refer to them simply as "star quilts". The Carnegie Museum has more here. The Star Quilt took on the role of replacing the buffalo robe in ceremonial and religious life. Death, birth and other important events are a time for giving and sharing of these Star Quilts at ceremonies. As explained "The most important use of star quilts in contemporary Lakota society is as gifts at a memorial for the dead called a "Giveaway".

There are a lot of stories about the origins and significance of star quilts. Star quilts have a rich history, a modern history, and they are an important symbol of survival and expression. Star quilts replaced buffalo robes out of necessity and creativity. Homemade star quilts were a supplement to army blanket rations. The army blankets were even used as materials for making star quilts.


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