Native American-Designed “River People” Pendleton Blanket
  • Native American-Designed “River People” Pendleton Blanket
  • Native American-Designed “River People” Pendleton Blanket

Native American-Designed “River People” Pendleton Blanket

$249.00
5 In Stock

Native American-Designed “River People” Pendleton Blanket
created by Lillian Pitt

Limited Run of 125 blankets, ships in Pendleton Boxes. Not available in Pendleton Shops.

Both sides are equally elegant.

“Regardless of the medium, my work directly relates to and honors my ancestors, my people, the environment and the animals.” Lillian Pitt

Internationally- renowned, Pacific Northwest and Native American artist Lillian Pitt designed this blanket exclusively for Pendleton. She was inspired by petroglyphs in the Columbia River Gorge and Central Oregon. Her ancestors lived in the Gorge for more than 10,000 years, until the mid-1880s. They called themselves the River People, and they called the Columbia River simply the Big River, or Nch’i-Wana.

The repeat patterns on the River People blanket are known as the Salmon Gill design. Among some tribes in Oregon and Northern California it is called the Quail Plume design and is mostly used in baskets and hats of the Plateau People of the Northwest. Colors reflect the blue of the mighty River and the hues of rocky canyon walls from which the natives fished. The design represents the various life stages of the salmon’s migratory life cycle and the River People who depended on the fish for sustenance.

The other side of the blanket is as beautiful as the reverse but the background is black with colorful designs. Measures 64" x 80".

Proceeds of this sale benefit the education and interpretive programs at Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River in Washington State.

The non-profits Friends of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and the Museum at Warm Springs have commissioned Pendleton
for a limited and exclusive run of 125 blankets only.