Native American Bandana by Melvin War Eagle “Buffalo Spirit”
Melvin War Eagle is a Native American artist from Kyle, SD. His bandanas are truly a piece of wearable art, featuring facets of Native American life. This bandana is entitled "Buffalo Spirit." The accompanying label reads as follows: "It is believed among my people, the Oglala Lakota Sioux, that long, long ago the people once lived in the underworld, where they had always been comfortable. One day, Iktomi, the spider (trickster), tricked the People (Buffalo People - Pte Oyate) and told them that life would be much better if they were to live on top of the earth. The people came out from the Underworld at a place known today as "Wind Cave" in the Black Hills of modern day South Dakota. When the people came out they realized that life was very harsh, and they were unable to return to the Underworld again. On seeing the suffering, Tatanka, a Holy man who warned the people not to go, turned himself into a buffalo so the people would have food and shelter, the embodiment of self sacrifice. Tatiana, stayed with the people and became a great Nation, always connected and related to the Lakota." Bandana measures 22" square and the fabric is 100% cotton by Hanblechia Designs.