The gift of a feather is a gift of honor. It is a tribute to the courage of the recipient. Throughout Native American cultures, feathers represent strength, wisdom and a connection with the Creator. Feathers were worn by chiefs, and the feathered headdress was the sign of a successful warrior. Circular feather arrangements such as the one on our Honoring Blanket were often found on Native American pottery, masks, prayer fans and war bonnets. They were sometimes seen on the buffalo hide paintings of the Plains Indians, documenting war honors and important events. The central image may represent the sun and again the Creator. Among the Pueblo Indians, the feathered sun symbolized the cosmos, the center of mankind's existence. Similar designs were later adapted for Native American and pioneer quilts. The feather circle on this blanket represents the courage to overcome in the face of struggle. Whatever the future brings, the feather circle encourages the owner of the blanket to face life with strength and hope. Napped. Felt-bound. 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA. 64" x 80"