2016-quilt_photo-croppedThe Lakota Quilt Raffle has become a beloved fundraiser for In-Sight, year after year. The quilt symbolizes a link between Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and In-Sight in Vermont, and it’s a celebration of the connection through the Exposures Summer Program.

The queen-sized quilt is made by Oglala Lakota Sioux seamstress Andrea Marshall who lives at Pine Ridge. In-Sight founder John Willis formed a lasting connection with Marshall after many trips to Pine Ridge. Marshall’s quilt is a beautiful example of the morning star quilt which is an important figure in Sioux ceremonies. It represents the direction from which spirits travel to earth, and it is a link between the living and the dead, thus symbolizing immortality. Today, star quilts are one of the most valued gifts of the Sioux people, often made for “give-away” events such as memorial feasts, funerals, celebrations, naming ceremonies, and marriages.

Tickets for the quilt are: one for $5, five for $20, thirty for $100. Tickets are available here:

    1. at In-Sight Photography Project at 45 Flat Street in Brattleboro. Offices are open weekdays 10am to 6pm.
    2. at Brattleboro Pharmacy, located at 413 Canal Street in Brattleboro. They sponsor the raffle, providing the funds for In-Sight to purchase the quilt from Marshall. They are a locally owned, independent pharmacy committed to providing personal customer service, and we’re very grateful to them!
    3. online at link below. If you buy tickets online, your stubs will be sent to you in the mail.
How Many?

The drawing is on December 2 at Gallery Walk, or whenever 300 tickets are sold, whichever comes first. That means that if you buy 30 tickets, you have a one-in-ten chance of winning the quilt!