Rae Jean Walking Eagle, member of the Sioux tribe, recounts how her mother taught her to quilt when Walking Eagle was in fifth grade. Walking Eagle also discusses how her mother supported the family by sewing. Walking Eagle describes completing her first star quilt in 1975 and how most of her quilts are made to order for give-aways and other celebrations. She explains that she always uses solid-colors rather than prints, how she assembles each quilt, and the types of stitches she uses. She explains Native American traditional use of star quilts for funerals and for babies.
Star quilts; Native American powwows; Fort Peck Indian Reservation; History of quilting; Sioux tribe, Montana
Star Quilts Oral History Project, OH 285, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound cassette (00:52:53 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)
Walking Eagle, Rae Jean, "Rae Jean Walking Eagle Interview, July 17, 1992" (1992). Star Quilts Oral History Project. 1.