Way of Life Blanket
- 64" x 80" (163 x 203 cm)
- Napped, felt bound
- 82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton
- Dry clean
- Made in USA
This design is based on the art of Jim Yellowhawk. It 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 — 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.
Jim Yellowhawk grew up on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. He is an enrolled member of the Itazipco Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, with Onodoga/Iroquois heritage through his mother. He graduated from Marion College, Indiana, and also studied at Columbus, Ohio School of Art and Design. He divides his time between the Black Hills of South Dakota and Golden Bay, New Zealand. His work encompasses many different media, including dance. “Traditional spirituality is woven into my daily life, work, practices and way of being.”