The blessing of Lakota star quilts

When we closed on Limina and began dreaming about hosting guests, we struggled as we tried to refer to the guest rooms. At the time, there were 5 LARGE bedrooms and during the renovation, we further sub-divided them and renovated a closet to end up with 8 guest rooms. Blessedly, saying “the second floor room with the ocean view” didn’t really narrow down the possibilities!  Thankfully, the Spirit inspired me to remember the gorgeous Lakota star quilt that I had purchased from Harvest Winds LLC in Parmalee, SD. My dear friend, The Rev. Canon Lauren Stanley, served as priest on Rosebud Reservation for many years and took me and our mission team to visit the quilt shop. Harvest Winds is an extraordinary story of hope in an area where the Lakota Sioux people struggle to survive.  Harvest Winds employees ten people and also has grandmothers at home help with parts of the quilt. We are extremely blessed that star quilts bring distinctive colors to each room, honor the rooms with the Lakota spirit of generosity and giving. Here is a bit of information on the quilts but we hope you’ll come to Limina and experience their blessing in person.

“For the Lakota (Sioux) people, the star quilt — wičháȟpi owíŋža — represents honor and generosity. The pattern is made of small diamonds pieced together in eight sections. These sections join together to create the eight-point star. The pattern of the star quilt is inspired by the Morning Star which is the last and brightest star in the eastern horizon before dawn. It is believed the Morning Star represents the way the spirits come to Earth and serves as a link between the living and those who have passed. The star quilt’s tradition of honor grew as the quilts were draped around the shoulders of Lakota warriors and hunters when they returned from battle, a successful hunt, or at the start of Vision Quests. It was also presented at funerals to honor loved ones on their final journey. Today, star quilts are one of the most valued gifts of the Lakota (Sioux) people and are still draped over the shoulders of the recipient to symbolize protection on their journey through life.”