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The role of blankets is woven deep in the history of Native Americans. For centuries, they have been used for warmth and comfort, as a medium of exchange, for artistic expression and as an important part of ceremonies and tribal councils. The collectible Legendary Series honors this culture's special symbols, traditions and beliefs. Originally, Native Americans brought us their own designs, depicting their beliefs and legends. Today, we work closely with Native Americans to create high-quality blankets in vivid new designs. Each blanket is a lasting symbol of the mutual respect between Pendleton and our loyal first customers.

Today, legends live on as special gifts, 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. These original, exclusive designs were inspired by Native American art, legends, ceremonies and heroes. They are collectible heirlooms of tomorrow that can be used and enjoyed today.

Each year, we present a new commemorative pattern with a suede patch telling the design's story.

buffalo creation story, 2014 legendary blanket, new blanket, pendleton blanket

2014 - BUFFALO CREATION STORY BLANKET

Buffalos are not typically associated with Navajo culture. So when contemporary Navajo artist Andrew Hobson discovered a story of how the buffalo evolved in Navajo creation stories, he was fascinated. Hobson’s original painting of the Buffalo-Who-Never-Dies of the White Buffalo Tribe inspired this Pendleton blanket. In the tale, Buffalo became angry with Holy Man for having two buffalo women as his wives. Holy Man killed the angry buffalo with magic arrows and wands. But to his dismay, all the buffalos began to die. Then sad, Holy Man brought the buffalo back to life and showed him how to revive all the other buffalo. The central figure shows the angry buffalo fractured in pieces to symbolize his death and journey back to life. Four buffalo tribes are shown inside protective medicine hoops, and the four sacred mountain ranges of the Navajo surround the central buffalo. The artist frames the work in the abstract rainbow symbolizing his personal Yeii, or
protective deity.


female storm blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

2013 - FEMALE STORM BLANKET

Our Female Storm blanket shows clouds of cool blues and purples hovering in the sky. A calm, steady rain waters the ground and feeds the lands. Plants, four-legged insects and the Diné beings are nurtured and their thirsts are quenched. Diné (Navajo) artist Gilmore Scott captures the beauty of a female summer rainstorm in this original design for the Pendleton Legendary Collection. Unlike spring's male storms that bring downpours, flash floods and thunderstorms, this gentle summer storm is soft and nurturing. Scott's use of colors is strong and bold, echoing the quiet power of Nature and the brilliant high desert landscape. The artist's philosophy that "beauty is simple design and the harmony of color" is evident in this unique blanket.


spring blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

2012 - SPRING BLANKET

The Spring Legendary blanket is based on an original design by Chickasaw artist Dustin Mater. The blanket is rich with symbolism common to several tribes of the Mississippian/ Muskegon culture of the Southeastern United States. Mater's design represents the annual rebirth of the earth through the spring rains. The vivid shade of green signifies a fresh beginning and the promise of new life and prosperity. Central to the piece is a spiral, illustrating the human soul and its cycle. Another important symbol is the pashofa paddle. This long wooden tool is used to stir pashofa, a traditional hominy dish central to the Chickasaw diet and cultural tradition of food and community gathering. Woodpecker eyes are emblematic of good luck, happiness and wealth.


all night meeting blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

2011 - ALL NIGHT MEETING BLANKET

The All Night Meeting design is from an original pen-and-ink and colored pencil drawing by Yankton Sioux artist Joseph Chamberlain. The artist is inspired by stories from his childhood and is committed to passing the old teachings to the next generation. His work often portrays spiritual aspects of Plains Indians. All Night Meeting represents a meeting traditional among Lakota, Nakota and Dakota tribes, a gathering at which members drum, pray and meditate. The seven figures in the meeting and the seven Water Birds represent the Seven Fires shared by the peoples on their journey to the Plains. The Seven Council Fires became the governing group of the seven tribes of the Sioux Nation. The two warriors hold a gourd rattle, small drum and other items used during the meeting. Water Birds are a symbol of the renewal of life, the rain and rivers that feed us. Moon and Sun signify the all night nature of the meeting. Each blanket has a sueded commemorative label telling the design's story.


way of life blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

2010 - WAY OF LIFE BLANKET

The 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. This 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. Each blanket has a sueded commemorative label telling the design’s story.


shared spirits blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

2009 - SHARED SPIRITS BLANKET

Shared Spirits is a brilliantly colored design incorporating imagery that is universal among the tribes. The sun, moon, stars and rain clouds represent an honored relationship with the spiritual world of the cosmos. Native American reverence for the natural world is represented by both flora - corn, squash, beans and tobacco - and fauna - buffalo, bear, elk and eagle. The dynamic central image is a sacred circle filled with a cross, a universal symbol of the origin of humankind and the four directions that guide us on our journey. 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. 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. Shared Spirits celebrates the commonalities of these diverse yet unified cultures and our lasting relationships with them.


celebrate the horse blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

2005 - CELEBRATE THE HORSE BLANKET

Celebrate the Horse depicts a brave warrior astride a swift steed thundering across the plain, accompanied by wild mustangs perhaps yet to be tamed. Similar vivid images were painted on buffalo hides by Plains Indians in the 1800s. Our Celebrate the Horse blanket is based on a design from the Blackfoot tribe, expert horsemen who called the animal "elk-horse" for its great size. The arrival of the horse, brought to the Americas by sixteenth-century Spanish Conquistadors, changed forever the culture of Native Americans. Trading among tribes, herding sheep and hunting buffalo, following migrating game, even protecting territories became dependent on the horse for many Native Americans. Eventually Sioux, Cayuse, Nez Perce, Crow, Comanche, Cheyenne, Kiowa and other tribes were horse-based societies and cultures.


creation turtle blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

CREATION TURTLE BLANKET

Our Creation Turtle blanket was made in recognition of the Iroquois Confederacy. Inspired by the Oneida, Seneca, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga and Tuscarora Nations, the Turtle design represents the Iroquois legend that the world was created on the shell of the Great Turtle. The Turtle was the only one with enough strength who could support the earth on its back, says the legend. And the earth grew larger until it became the whole world.


circle of life/elders blanket, 2014 legendary blanket, wool blanket, pendleton blanket

CIRCLE OF LIFE/ELDERS BLANKET

Circle of Life / Elders is in honor of all tribal Elders; the Wisdomkeepers who hand down the teachings and spiritual direction to the children. This guidance gives the children a better understanding of their responsibility to the universe and The Creator, that all things are interrelated and an equal part of the whole. The design represents all colors of humankind, the color of Mother Earth, the sun and other circular celestial bodies and the four directions of life.