Designed in 1992, the Circle Of Life, or Elders blanket, is in honor of all tribal Elders, the Wisdom Keepers who hand down the teachings and spiritual direction to the children. This guidance gives the children a better understanding of their responsibility to the universe and The Creator, that all things are interrelated and an equal part of the whole. The design represents all colors of humankind, the color of Mother Earth, the sun and other circular celestial bodies and the four directions of life.
- Collectible Pendleton blanket
- 82% pure virgin wool and 18% cotton
- Napped and felt bound
- Blanket measures 64" x 80"
- Dry clean
- Made in the USA
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
Pendleton blankets require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
For more than a century, Pendleton has woven the legends and symbols of Native American tribes into beautiful blankets. A team of designers interprets the icons and symbols of Southwest Native cultures and a skilled team of artisans at Pendleton’s American Woolen Mills turns these into exquisitely crafted blankets.
During the past 25 years, Pendleton Woolen Mills has developed a series of Legendary blankets based on the beliefs and traditions of their original Native American customers. The collectible Legendary Series honors the special symbols, traditions and beliefs of Native cultures. Each blanket has a sueded commemorative label telling the design’s story.
Since 1909, Pendleton Woolen Mills has produced iconic woolens of incredible beauty and quality. The blankets are made in Pendleton’s American mills, where every step of the weaving process is completed, from carding and spinning to the weaving of yarn into fabric on high-speed looms. Pendleton’s first Indian trade blanket was produced in 1909 at the company’s mill in Oregon. The blankets were brought to Southwest Native American tribes and exchanged for silver jewelry, wool or other items of value. Pendleton designers drew upon traditional Native American patterns to create blankets that were more colorful and detailed than earlier trading blankets brought to the region. Southwestern Native American tribes used the blankets as apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit. They were also prized for ceremonial uses, playing a part in dowries, weddings, gift giving, powwows, dance prizes, naming ceremonies, funerals and memorials. Still renowned for their intricate patterns and premium quality, Pendleton blankets are a unique collectible that can be passed down to future generations. Read our Pendleton Collector's Guide.
At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.