The 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:
- at In-Sight Photography Project at 45 Flat Street in Brattleboro. Offices are open weekdays 10am to 6pm.
- 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!
- online at link below. If you buy tickets online, your stubs will be sent to you in the mail.
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!