The giving of buffalo hides and robes is a tradition among many tribes as an act of love, peace, and respect. And even after the near intentional extinction of the buffalo, the act of giving continued its way through the dedication of women, when they learned to sew quilts. The star quilt was adopted by many tribes during the reservation era, when tribes were displaced from their traditional homelands onto reservations and witnessed the near extermination of the buffalo. Giving a star quilt is one of the greatest honors among the Lakota, Dakota, and other Northern Plains tribes that have traditionally hunted buffalo.
The lone star was chosen as the main design as many traditional designs emulated stars, particularly the morning star—the star that welcomes the new day. Today, star quilts are gifted in a manner in which the buffalo hides were gifted, marking significant events among a people and family. The first given at birth and the last given at death.
Thompson, D. (2019, November 24). Lakota Star Quilt Maker shares her journey. PowWows.com. Retrieved October 12, 2021, from https://www.powwows.com/star-quilt-maker-shares-journey/.