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Lakota Way of Life Blanket in 82% Pure Virgin Wool and 18% Fine Cotton
The Way of Life blanket pattern is a visual representation of Pte Oyate – the Buffalo Nation.
For many Plains Tribes, the buffalo sustained all life. Every part of the animal was used – the meat for food, and hides for robes, tepee covers and shields. Horns were crafted into bowls and arrow points. Fat was rendered for candles and soap.
The swift horses, (depicted on this blanket) were introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century and became essential to the buffalo hunt. For the Lakota tribe, the buffalo story is held in their breath, their songs, stories and homes.
In this unique design, this Pendleton Blanket serves as a buffalo robe, keeping the body warm and the spirit strong. The tepees and stripes on this soft blanket signify the four winds, the world above and below, as well as night and day.
The Way of Life blanket is based on the art of Jim Yellowhawk, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Tribe. Mr. Yellowhawk lives and works in the beautiful He Sapa Black Hills of South Dakota.
The Way of Life blanket is soft, thick, and made from the highest quality materials, and is woven here in the USA. The durable and strong wool and cotton fibers ensure that this blanket will last for years and years - and very well may be an heirloom to pass down through the generations.