These “Pendletons” were originally conceived for the exclusive use of Native Americans in the early 1900’s. From their home in the heart of the great Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla country, their fame and usage spread to other Indian tribes throughout America. Though the blanket originated outside of the Native American culture, it took the place of hand-woven native materials and fur. The Indian trade blanket was worn as a robe, draped, or wrapped as a cover. Giving or receiving these highly cherished robes was, and continues to be, an honor. They are still used for “give-aways” customary for tribal ceremonies.
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