Owinja – Star Quilt

Published on January 14, 2013 by Amy

Love this article and want to save it to read again later? Add it to your favourites! To find all your favourite posts, check out My Favourites on the menu bar.

Owinja - Star Quilt
Owinja – Star Quilt

Owinja means quilt in the Lakota dialect.

dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry

In the past century, Lakota women have raised their star quilts to an art form much in demand.

The majority of Lakota star quilts are dominated by a single star; however, multiple and broken star patterns are not uncommon.

The single star is made of small diamond-shaped patches pieced together in eight sections. When these sections are joined together, the eight-sided star is formed.

The star pattern is derived from early buffalo robe designs. The extermination of the buffalo herds coincided roughly with the implementation of the first mission schools where the craft of quilting was taught. The pattern bears a resemblance to various Anglo-American designs dating to the 18th century.

The morning star is an important figure in Sioux ceremonies. It represents the direction from which spirits travel to earth and is a link between the living and the dead (in extension), thus symbolizing immortality.

At funerals, the quilt is draped behind the casket, replacing the traditional red-painted buffalo hide.

Today, star quilts are one of the most valued gifts of the Sioux people, often made for “give-away” events such as memorial feasts, celebrations, naming ceremonies and marriages.

For the newly married couple, the star quilt is considered an essential gift, bestowing upon them recognition and respect.

Source: aktalakota

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged
Based on the collective work of NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, © 2015 Native American Encyclopedia.
Cite This Source | Link To Owinja – Star Quilt
Add these citations to your bibliography. Select the text below and then copy and paste it into your document.

American Psychological Association (APA):

Owinja – Star Quilt NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 27, 2015, from NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com website: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/owinja-star-quilt/

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

Owinja – Star Quilt NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com. NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/owinja-star-quilt/ (accessed: May 27, 2015).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"Owinja – Star Quilt" NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia 27 May. 2015. <NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/owinja-star-quilt/>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, "Owinja – Star Quilt" in NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Source location: Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/owinja-star-quilt/. Available: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com. Accessed: May 27, 2015.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

@ article {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com2015,
    title = {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged},
    month = May,
    day = 27,
    year = 2015,
    url = {http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/owinja-star-quilt/},
You might also like:

Tags:  , , , , ,

Facebook Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Latest Articles
Did You Know?

Freeze dried food is a Native Invention. The Inca of Peru used to preserve potatoes using a freeze-dry process. They would put them on mountain terraces, and the solar radiation and extremely cold temperatures created a freeze-dried product that lasted indefinitely.

In the Spotlight
Most Favourited Posts
Photo Galleries
Native American FunFamous Native Actors IINative American Tribe Apsaroke IVFamous Native Actresses