Winnebago Quilts: Honor and Celebration
In addition to their association with a particular pattern, Plains Indians’ use of quilts, as ceremonial gifts and as symbols of honor, distinguish the community. Winnebago Star Quilts have been given to political and religious leaders; they grace the schools and hospital walls; they accompany men and women in the armed services and welcome them home again; they wrap newborns and shroud the dead.
Baby quilt. Machine pieced and quilted by Patrice Blackhawk. Photo courtesy of Muriel Walker.