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The Lakota people have deep respect for their history, of which the star quilt is just one important part. The quilting design stems from patterns originally used in the making of traditional buffalo blankets and robes.
Today, star quilts are valued gifts used to commemorate important events, like weddings, funerals, or naming ceremonies. The skill of star quilt craft has been passed down from generation to generation, creating a direct connection between modern-day Lakota people and their ancestors.
For many generations, the Lakota people have emphasized honor for their ancestral lands and stewardship for the Earth.
Today, these long-standing Lakota customs translate into voices calling for conservation efforts and sustainable living. The Lakota encourage practices that reduce harm to natural resources and lead to greater well-being for all humans.
The Lakota people are proudly intertwined with the land that surrounds them, shown through the historic, creative blankets made from buffalo hides. But this generational practice began to dwindle (and nearly disappeared) as buffalo herds were hunted to near-extinction in the late-nineteenth century.
During this time, the Lakota also learned from European missionaries about the art of quilting. This knowledge was adapted into their own unique creation of the star quilt. Even through hardship, the Lakota managed to make art that reveals the importance of the natural world their culture.
The Owinza Quilting Cooperative works in collaboration with numerous individual and organizations who provide support for our efforts. Meet some of our many partners.
Store Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:00am – 7:00pm
Owinža Quilters Cooperative
287 Water Tower Rd
Kyle, SD 57752