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Quilts designed and made by Native Americans are beautiful and unique.
Sue Warzocha, Associate Member of Pike County Chapter NSDAR, told of the history of their quilt-making at the April 2 meeting of the chapter at her home in Louisiana. The quilts are not only used for bedding and sitting, but are important to the ceremonies and traditions of many different tribes.
Information about quilting came to the tribes through missionaries, traders and settlers, but they developed their own colorful patterns using familiar items as arrowheads and medicine wheels. Weaving and bead work may also be seen on the quilts.
Today, the art continues as they learn to quilt from the elders and also learn the language, traditions and food of their culture. Native American quilts are given during baby-naming ceremonies, for graduations, to honor athletes and veterans, and in many ceremonial events.
Sales of the hand-made quilts are important to the economy of many reservations and support the reservation schools. A pattern called Morning Star, designed by Native American quilter, Ollie Napesni, was given to each one present.
Regent Louise Sitton presided during the meeting, leading the opening ritual and reading the President General’s message.National defense, the Constitution and conservation reports were made. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the beautifully restored historic Warzocha home and Patricia Quattrochi was welcomed as a guest.
Final plans were made for hosting the induction ceremony and reception for Mark Brewer as he becomes a member of the Sons of the American Revolution on April 26. The event will start at 1:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Louisiana. Kenneth and Cheryl Ward will present a program on Civil War battlefields and refreshments will be served. Local DAR and SAR chapters have been invited to attend.
Regent Sitton, Secretary Marilyn Johnson and Treasurer Anne Keller will attend the Missouri State Society DAR State Conference May 2-4 in Columbia. Items donated for sale at the conference Junior Bazaar may be brought to Johnson’s home by April 30.
The chapter was recognized with the Silver Level award for subscriptions to the DAR magazine “American Spirit” and also for a monetary donation for the replacement of draperies in the Missouri room at Continental Hall in Washington, DC.
An afternoon tea was served by the hostess and Regent Sitton. The next regular meeting will be May 7 when the chapter will travel to Sappington House in St. Louis for a tour of the library and lunch.