Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Pendleton Legendary Coffee Mug
Visually stunning and extremely practical XL mugs based upon popular traditional Pendleton Native Inspired Blankets.
10 Different images available. Full Moon Lodge, Shared Spirits, Buffalo Creation, Elders-Circle of Life, Eagle Gift, Turtle Creation, Celebrate the Horse, Lakota-Way of Life, American Treasures and In Their Element**
Brighten a counter or desk with the legendary motifs on our 18-oz. mugs. Perfect for office or den, they make distinctive corporate gifts.
Dishwasher safe and microwave safe **Sarena has used Elder's Circle of Life Mug for 10+ years, through the dishwasher countless times, still looks brand new**
Turtle Creation Story: From 1991: The Turtle blanket is in recognition of the Iroquois Confederacy. Inspired by the Oneida, Seneca, Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga and Tuscoarora Nations, the Turtle design represents the Iroquois legend that the world was created on the shell of the Great Turtle. The Turtle was the only one with enough strength who could support the earth on its back, says the legend. And the earth grew larger until it became the whole world.
Shared Spirits: This brilliantly colored design incorporates imagery that is universal among the Native peoples. The sun, moon, stars and rain clouds represent an honored relationship with the spiritual world of the cosmos. Native American reverence for the natural world is represented by both flora – corn, squash, beans and tobacco – and fauna – buffalo, bear, elk and eagle. The dynamic central image is a sacred circle filled with a cross, a universal symbol of the origin of humankind and the four directions that guide us on our journey.
Buffalo Creation Story: Buffalos are not typically associated with Navajo culture. So when contemporary Navajo artist Andrew Hobson discovered a story of how the buffalo evolved in Navajo creation stories, he was fascinated. Hobson’s original painting of the Buffalo-Who-Never-Dies of the White Buffalo Tribe inspired this Pendleton blanket. In the tale, Buffalo became angry with Holy Man for having two buffalo women as his wives. Holy Man killed the angry buffalo with magic arrows and wands. But to his dismay, all the buffalos began to die. Then sad, Holy Man brought the buffalo back to life and showed him how to revive all the other buffalo. The central figure shows the angry buffalo fractured in pieces to symbolize his death and journey back to life. Four buffalo tribes are shown inside protective medicine hoops, and the four sacred mountain ranges of the Navajo surround the central buffalo. The artist frames the work in the abstract rainbow symbolizing his personal Yeii, or protective deity.
Celebrate the Horse: A brave warrior astride a swift steed thunders across the plain. Similar images were painted on buffalo hides by Plains Indians in the 1800s. Our Celebrate the Horse blanket is based on a design from the Blackfoot tribe, expert horsemen who called the animal “elk-horse” for its great size. The arrival of the horse with 16th-century Spanish Conquistadors changed forever the culture of Native Americans, encouraging migration, trading, herding and hunting
Full Moon Lodge: This design illustrates the relationship between mankind, Mother Nature and the creator of the universe whose medicine is love. It acknowledges our place between the sun and the full moon. The design is based on a painting by Starr Hardridge, a Muscogee Creek artist
Elder’s, Circle of Life**: Designed in 1992, the Circle Of Life, or Elders blanket, is in honor of all tribal Elders, the Wisdom Keepers who hand down the teachings and spiritual direction to the children. This guidance gives the children a better understanding of their responsibility to the universe and The Creator, that all things are interrelated and an equal part of the whole. The design represents all colors of humankind, the color of Mother Earth, the sun and other circular celestial bodies and the four directions of life
Eagle Gift: Dynamic pattern tells the tale of a Cheyenne warrior who saved an eagle and received the gift of a horse in return.
Spirit of the Peoples 18 oz. coffee mug was designed to commemorate our 100 years of weaving America’s spirit in our Pendleton, Oregon, mill. It is a celebration of the family. Six stripes represent the five generations that have led the company and the next generation that will lead us on. Directional crosses symbolize the four directions, homes to the Native Americans who were our first customers, and to all those who have come since. Arrowheads denote the strength and good fortune that have blessed our journey thus far.
American Treasures: Created to honour the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, our American Treasures design evokes our forests, rivers and mountains, celebrating all who help preserve them.
**In Their Element: Created in partnership with Jemez Pueblo artist Joe Toledo. The design represents the three elements: Earth, Air and Water. A herd of bison grazes on the Earth, offering prosperity and protection. A range of mountains stands behind, their snowy peaks covered with life-giving Water. Standing eagle feathers rise into the sky, joining together Earth, Water and Air.
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