Winnebago Quilts: Honor and Celebration
Generation to Generation
For Winnebago women, with a long tradition of skilled needlework, quilting was a natural progression. Quilters on the Winnebago Reservation in northeastern Nebraska, like those of the Sioux tribes, developed a tradition of Star quilts for their own use as household necessities and as a marketable commodity.
White Buffalo Quilt. Velma Alaniz, a Winnebago elder, offered a quilting class this spring. Instead of using strips of fabric, she sews the diamond pieces together individually. “Elders’ role as teachers is vital to our survival as a tribal entity,” says Muriel Walker, “for they possess all of the stories and information that are passed down to the next generation.” Photo courtesy of Muriel Walker.