Sybil Lambert and Barney Lambert Interview, July 13, 1992


Kim Taylor



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Sybil Lambert, member of the Sioux tribe, discusses her ladies church group on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and how they began sewing and selling quilts and aprons to raise money for their church. She describes types of stitching, materials and color combinations, how she learned to sew star quilts, how quilts are commissioned. Lambert also discusses how finished quilts are given as gifts during honoring ceremonies and sports tournaments. Sybil and Barney Lambert also discuss the history of star quilts and gift culture among the Fort Peck tribes in Montana.

Document Type

Oral History


Star quilts; History of quilting; Fork Peck Indian Reservation; 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 285-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (00:49:44 min.) analog + 1 transcript (15 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

49:44 minutes

Local Filename

OH_285_001.mp3; OH_285_001.pdf

Sybil Lambert and Barney Lambert Interview, July 13, 1992