"Star" is Born: Native American quilter Polly (member of the
Three Affiliated Tribes - Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara) demonstrates how Star
Quilts are created.
Family Quilts : Quilts made by Native American Lakota who are members of
the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in McIntosh, South Dakota.
J Aspen & Michael Beasley : Tlingit Button Robe. Alberta is Raven of
the Dog Salmon Clan and Michael is Raven of the Coho Clan. Alsaka.
Sky Star Quilt Mfg: A
native-owned company that provides custom made star quilts.
Blankets: This site describes button blankets of the Haida, Tsimshian,
Tlingit and Nisga'a cultures and has images of two of them, clickable for
Blankets : Two Haida trade blankets circa 1900 are shown.
Blankets – Ceremonial Robes of the Pacific Northwest : Article by
Wendy Ellsworth reprinted from Bead and Button magazine.
“Button Blankets II – Making a Button Robe”:
Follow-up to the above article.
Hudson Studio: This is the web site of Alaskan native, Tlingit Indian
artist Clarissa Hudson. Here you can access her extraordinary work.
Diane’s Native American Quilts : This is the web site of a Creek/Arapaho/Cheyenne quilter who creates beautiful star quilts.
Star Quilt: An Eagle Star Quilt by Faye Charging Thunder is shown being
used as the background for a display of books.
Dawson : Kwakwaka ‘wakw Nation – Makes button blankets for her
children and grandchildren to use in cultural dancing. This site shows one
of her button blankets and pictures of her demonstrating how to make them to
of Native American Quilts Premieres at Smithsonian: Announcement by The
Crafts Report of the "To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting
Traditions" exhibit. Two quilts are shown.
Quilting - Shared Traditions in an Ancient Community: This article gives
a history of quilting in the Hopi Nation as a lead-in to making an
announcement about a 1997 exhibition of quilts by the Hopi.
Margaret Wood : Margaret is a quilt artist that is also Native American (Navajo and Seminole descent). This site gives biographical and exhibit information as well as a narrative essay in which she comments about her work and how she draws upon and expresses her cultural heritage through her art.
Mathematics Found in Seminole Patchwork: Scroll down 1/4 of the page. Article explaining the symmetry of Seminole patchwork.
The Morning Star “Star Quilt” : This is an article by Tana Mundwiler which gives extensive information about the history of the Star Quilt.
Quilts - Celebrating Tradition: This article is an in-depth review of
the exhibit, "To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions",
an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American
Indian. Pictures of three of the quilts are displayed. They are non-clickable,
so enlarged views are not available, but the images are so clear and
vibrant, that is not a drawback.
Navajo Textile Certification Dye and Fiber Analysis : Although this relates to the weaving tradition, I think it still will be of interest to anyone seeking information about Native Americans textiles.
PBS Special -
Created for Native American Heritage Month (1998?) This program tells the
story of quilts in historic and modern Hopi life in the remote Hopi Mesas of
northern Arizona. Since missionaries introduced the American craft of
quilting to Hopi women more than 100 years ago, simple patchwork bed
coverings have evolved into contemporary works of art. "Hopi
Quilts" visits quilters and shows how Hopi artisans have adopted the
American quilting tradition and made it uniquely their own.
Quilts: Home page of Polly (a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes -
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara) and gives information about her involvement in
quilting. Primarily a commercial site for selling quilts created by Native
Americans. Pictures of quilts are shown, including very close-up views of
Seminole Patchwork : An article by Victoria Westermark-Many published in 1997 in Absolutely Florida Magazine.
Quilt Tradition: Brief article explaining the tradition of star quilts
among North American Indian Tribes.
The Diversity of Native American Quilts : Good article on the history of quilting among Native Americans.
Honor and Comfort - Native Quilting Traditions: This site of the
National Museum of the American Indian provides 14 images (clickable for
close-up views) of 14 of the 45 quilts included in the exhbition. They are
Does This Indian Symbol Mean?: Site provides an explanation of the
symbolic meaning of some Native American symbols found in the Southwest.
by the Grandmothers - Nineteenth Century Navajo Textiles: This site of
the National Museum of the American Indian primarily focuses on the
craftsmen and women who participated during the 1996 exhibit by giving
demonstrations of the traditional methods for creating textiles.
Olsen Williams – Anishinaabe
Grant : This incredible artist is a Kaigani Haida of the Raven Clan from
the Brown Bear House of Howkan. To view some of her artwear designs, click
on "Dorothy Grant
Label" and "Feastwear Label" on the left. Also, click on
"Published Works and Articles" (on the left) to read the
on Cloth": A wonderful article by Dorothy Grant
about how she feels about her button blankets
Ingenuity": An article by David Livingston
(Globe & Mail, Thursday, April 1, 1993) about how aboriginal designers
are dramatically tapping their own heritage for stunning inspiration.
Haida Art Goes Couture": An article
by Margaret B. Blackman in the American Indian Art Magazine (Autumn, 1992)
about Dorothy Grant's stunning designs.
Designer: Dorothy Grant" - Article by
Vesta Giles (Indian Artist, Fall 1997) about the button blankets and fashion
designs of Dorothy Grant.
Edenshaw-Davidson: An article about the loss of
Grant Fashions : On this site, Dorothy Grant delves deep into herself as
an artist, giving detailed background
information on herself, on the challenges
with which she has dealt, and on the lessons
learned as an artist and a businessperson. [At the end of each page,
click on the right arrow to continue]
Star : Rita Corbiere (Ojibwe)
Designs : Examples of some traditional designs used in Haida art.
Headdress Quilt : Rita Corbiere (Ojibwe), Alice Fox (Ojibwe), Rita
Fairbanks (White Earth Chippewa)
Quilt : Mrs. Ogahmahgegedo (Odawa)
Thomas : Snuneymuxw First Nation
Matilpi : “Killer Whale Button Blanket” – in the Microsoft
Corporation art collection.
Roots : Provides some historical information about button blankets.
Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady : A member of the Metis Nation.
Quilt of Belonging : This is a project that was begun in 1998. In
recognition that Canada was created from a "patchwork" of peoples
from aboriginal to immigrants from all over the world, volunteers from every
segment of the community are creating quilt blocks that represent their
heritage. The finished quilt will be approximately 130 feet long and 12 feet
high. Following are blocks from the various aboriginal peoples of Canada
that have been completed. Below each block is an explanation of its
symbolism, a very brief history of the people, and the name of the
This list represents about half of the
aboriginal peoples from whom they hope to eventually obtain quilt blocks.
For the full list, including the immigrant groups that are to be
Talking Quilt : Stardale is a learning and healing center for Aboriginal
and impoverished women and serves the communities in Northern Saskatchewan.
"The Talking Quilt" was a pilot project designed to address
emotional and personal needs, encompassing the medium of color, texture,
pattern, touchability and artistry, with visual and mental stimulation
Block Quilt : Alice Fox; Rita Corbiere, and Floyd Fox (Ojibwe)
Star Quilt : Rita Corbiere (Ojibwe)
: Donald Trudeau (Ojibwe)