All Night Meeting Blanket
This 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. Blanket has commemorative label telling the story. Napped. Felt-bound. 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton. Dry clean. Made in the USA. 64" x 80".
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