Rae Jean Walking Eagle Interview, July 17, 1992


Kim Taylor



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Star quilts; Native American powwows; Fort Peck Indian Reservation; History of quilting; Sioux tribe, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Star Quilts Oral History Project, OH 285, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 285-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (00:52:53 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

52:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_285_006.mp3; OH_285_006.pdf

Rae Jean Walking Eagle Interview, July 17, 1992