Throughout North American Indian folklore reflects the many stories surrounding animal spirits. Every animal has a reason for existence and a legend of how and why they are on Mother Earth. Raven is the counterpart of Coyote. Even though Raven can be an expert trickster, often fooling other animals out of food or shelter, Raven can also be a friend when other animals need help. With sharp eyes, he has a keen skill of knowing when danger lurks. Raven identifies the danger and notifies all other animals in the desert or forest to be cautious or to hide. Raven is a solid reminder and teacher of the good versus evil and is always available if there is a decision to be made. The Blanket exemplifies the black colored feathers of Raven; the red color of potential danger that surrounds him. The blanket is bordered with the Sun, Moon and Stars that are celestial facets of Raven's life.
A pioneer in natural wool fibers the Pendleton brand is loved by many in the tribal nation. Staying true to nature and a commitment to quality many people have turned to Pendleton Wool to stay warm this winter. Some blankets were woven or twisted from thin strips of cedar bark fiber, bird, beaver or rabbit skins. Some loomed from wild cotton colored with native dyes. From Europe came wool and still more colors for the native artists' expressions. Then came the owners from Pendleton ® Woolen Mills in Oregon who studied the beliefs and legends behind the Indian designs, striving to capture their true spirit in blankets produced with modern machinery.
Pendleton®'s San Miguel Blanket takes its inspiration from mid- to late-19th century Native American weaving traditions and the influence of Spanish missionaries in the Southwest. Shortly after 1860, the traditional banded Chief Stripe design evolved into what is known as the Phase III pattern. The geometric patterns that had formerly been contained within horizontal bands expanded and merged into a "nine-spot" or "nine-element" layout, often with a diamond featured as the recurring motif. At same time, the presence of Spanish missionaries became apparent, with the symbol of the cross gaining popularity -- first in the beaded designs of Plains Indians and then in Navajo weavings. Additionally, red was coming into wider use due to the availability of red dyes and red bayeta, a finely spun yarn brought by the Spanish from Mexico and Europe and traded to Navajo weavers. The San Miguel blanket interprets history and tradition with striking simplicity.
The pattern is representative of traditional Southwest Native American art. The nine-element design arises from that of early Navajo Chief blankets and includes three rows of three central designs. The sophisticated pattern incorporates geometrical shapes and right angles.
The fabric of our nation is woven with the sacrifices of our veterans. In recognition of selfless sacrifice, our Grateful Nation jacquard blanket honors the brave men and women who have defended freedom throughout the history of the United States of America. Each authentically colored stripe represents a service ribbon awarded to veterans of historical conflicts in which our country has engaged:
- World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign
- World War II Europe-Africa-Middle East
- Korean Service
- US Vietnam Service
- Southwest Asia Service (Gulf War)
- War on Terrorism
Centered on the blanket is a representation of the stars and stripes of the American flag, interpreted as a service ribbon. A total of 56 stars represent the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five US territories. This unique blanket is an inspiration for the young soldier, a tribute to the veteran and a symbol of American national pride. A donation from the sale of each blanket will be made to the Fisher House Foundation, which provides residences near major military and VA medical centers for the families of ill or wounded service members.
Contemporary interpretaion of the American flag is a celebration of the patriotism of Native American soldiers. The design marries modern asymmetry and vintage Americana.
Silver Bark brings the sky and earth together in a classic Pendleton® design from the 1920s. Discovered in a private collection, it features stylized arrow, star, diamond and waterbug motifs. The hues were inspired by the white and silver grey bark of aspen trees against a blue sky, and the muted colors give it the much-loved look of a vintage blanket. Silver Bark is a beautiful example of an "Overall" blanket pattern, with design elements repeating across the entire surface of the fabric.
A special edition of the centennial blanket which celebrates one of the most treasured National Parks.
The joyful "Tree of Life" pattern is a traditional Navajo rug pictorial first seen in the 1840s and is still woven today.
The Crossroads Pendleton Blanket design reflects First nation's teachings and the power of the four directions - the number four is sacred among many Native American tribes.
The rare white bison occurs only once in every 10 million births. In 1933, a white buffalo wasborn in the wild on Montana's Flathead Indian Reservation and was called "Big Medicine" to reflect his sacred power. Many Native American tribes consider the return of the White Buffalo the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy and the beginning of a new era for the peoples and Mother Earth. Tradition spoke of a herd of pure White Buffalo. The seven bison on this blanket represent the seven directions: North, South, East, West, Above, Below and Within. Together they symbolize wholeness for mankind adn the earth. Prayer pipes signify mankind's communication with the Creator. In the center of the blanket, within the circle of life, are the four hands representing the diverse peoples of the world and a new beginning. Shades of brown and green reflect the natural beauty of Mother Earth.