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Thunderbird
Ruth and Vera Tyler
Choctaw, Clifton, Louisiana
c1996
Cotton/polyester with polyester filling
49" x 59”
MSUM 1996:81.2
Photo by Doug Elbinger, all rights reseved by the Michigan State University Museum

The thunderbird holds special meaning for many Native people and is a popular design motif for quilts and other art forms. This quilt was made by Ruth Tyler and her daughter, Vera, who sell their quilts at an American Indian Arts and Crafts Co-op owned by members of the Clifton Choctaw in Louisiana.

From To Honor and Comfort Native Quilting Traditions




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