Red Bottom Tepee, or The Story of the Assiniboine Quilt, c. 1979-80. Rich with symbolism, this quilt made by Almira Buffalo Bone Jackson (Assiniboine), tells the story of the Red Bottom band of Fort Peck Assiniboine. The red petals symbolize the four winds and directions; the dark blue center, the Missouri River; and the corner tipis, the Assiniboine scattered throughout Canada and the USA. The tipis in the circle represent the strength and unity of the Assiniboine and the black and white triangles at the tipi corners are the camp dogs watching over the people.
Photo courtesy Morning Star Quilts, Leone Publications.