Native American Bandana by Melvin War Eagle “Tribal Gathering”
Melvin War Eagle is an artist from Kyle, South Dakota. His bandanas are truly a piece of wearable art, featuring facets of Native American life. The tag on "Tribal Gathering" reads as follows: "The tipi was not just seen as a home, but had significant spiritual meanings. When erecting a tipi, 3 poles were used to anchor the structure, these representing the past, present and future. Seven more poles are then placed in a circle around the first 3 anchor poles, moving clockwise. Each of these 7 poles has a specific meaning, such as the 7 Brothers or the 7 Stars in the Big Dipper constellation. After 10 poles are erected, the lodge covering is then put around this tipi structure, with additional 2 poles on the outside to regulate the flow of energy and to circulate the air inside the lodge. This makes a total of 12 poles used for the lodge, thereby representing 12 months in a year. The vortex, the point at which the poles are tied, connects us to the spirit world. The ancestors live in that spirit world in the upper reaches of the tipi; our ancestors are always with us. It represents the sacred circle, or the never ending cycle of life. The tipi embodies the understanding of the connection between the physical and the metaphysical realm. To live in it meant everything was in balance." The bandanas are made of 100% cotton by Hanblechia Designs. They measure 22" square.