From Pendleton’s Legendary Collection, the Way of Life blanket is a visual representation of “Pte Oyate,” the Buffalo Nation. For many Plains Tribes, the buffalo sustained all life. Every part of the animal was used, the meat for food, and hides for robes, tepee covers and shields. Horns were crafted into bowls and arrow points, fat was rendered for candles and soap. Swift horses, introduced by the Spanish in the 16th century, became essential to the buffalo hunt. The tepee and blanket strips signify the four winds, the world above and below, as well as night and day. In this unique design, a Pendleton Blanket serves as a buffalo robe, keeping the body warm and the spirit strong.
- 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
- Includes commemorative label telling design’s story
Pendleton blankets require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
The Way of Life blanket is based on the art of Jim Yellowhawk, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Tribe. Mr. Yellowhawk lives and works in the beautiful He Sapa Black Hills of South Dakota.
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. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. 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 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. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.