Creating · Quilts Of The Lakota

February 9 – April 7, 2013

  • Alice Blue Legs and Bernadine Ten Fingers, Lakota, Untitled (Golden Eagle Lakota Star Quilt), cotton, Lent by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School

Creating: Quilts of the Lakota presents over twenty eye-dazzling 20th and 21st century quilts from the Pine Ridge Heritage Center and Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This is the first time most of these quilts are exhibited publicly and published. Mary Bordeaux, a member of the Lakota tribe, curated this exhibition with the Arthur Ross Gallery. “Making items for family and the community is a large part of the Lakota’s way of life,” notes Bordeaux. In addition, 19th-century Lakota artifacts, such as moccasins, a cradleboard, and parfleche boxes, have been lent by the Penn Museum to provide a context for Native sewing traditions prior to the introduction of quilting at Pine Ridge.