The Lakota Way of Life 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. Swift horses, introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century, became essential to the buffalo hunt. For the Lakota, the buffalo story is held in their breath, their songs, stories and homes. In this unique design, a Pendleton Blanket serves as a buffalo robe, keeping the body warm and the spirit strong. The tepee and blanket strips signify the four winds, the world above and below, as well as night and day.
The Lakota 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.
For a century, Pendleton Woolen Mills has woven the
legends and symbols of Native American tribes into
beautiful blankets. Native Americans were our first and
remain our most loyal customers. In the early 20th
century, Pendleton was among the few American mills
making blankets specifically for the Indian trade. A
Pendleton blanket continues to signify honor and respect.
For a hundred years, Native Americans have acknowledged
births, deaths and major milestones and accomplishments
with the gift of a Pendleton blanket.
Astounding wall art or warm companions draped on a sofa
or at the foot of a bed. However they are used,
Pendleton's Legendary Blankets will be admired and
treasured for their intricate, intriguing patterns and
excellent quality. This original, exclusive design was
inspired by Native American art, legends, beliefs,
ceremonies and heroes. It is a collectible heirloom of
tomorrow that can be used and enjoyed today. Each blanket
has a sueded commemorative label telling the design's
story. Napped and felt bound, 82% pure virgin wool/18%
cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA. 64" x 80".