Pink Shawl, Native American
Pink Shawl, Native American
Pink Shawl, Native American

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Pink Shawl, Native American

Pink rectangular fabric shawl with 13" long pink and white fringe, appliqued in mirror image with diamonds, water lilies and a sawtooth pattern in mauve, white and teal. A small pouch tied to one corner contains the scraps removed from the shawl during its creation. One bunch of fringe in red, white, yellow and black represents the four directions.

Shawls hold deep meaning for women in traditional indigenous teachings. The shawl represents warmth, protection, and love given by women, as they care for people in their immediate circle, extended family, and all people generally. In dance, shawls can be carried in celebration of a lost loved one, and as a means of continuance after that loss. Pink shawls combine the symbolism of a traditional garment and traditional teachings with a contemporary medical message about breast cancer awareness and examination. The Pink Shawl Project is designed to teach Native American women about breast cancer in a culturally appropriate way. The pink shawl concept was originated in Grand Rapids by Lorraine "Punkin" Shananaquet, and introduced to the community through Native American Community Services. It has since spread across the United States to other indigenous groups.
Hand Sewn, Appliqued And Fringed, Satin
29" h 72" w
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Collection Tier:
Tier 2
Gift Of The Native American Community Of Grand Rapids with funding Provided By Spectrum Health
Anishinabek: The People of this Place ()
Related Entities:
Stone, Christine Marcus (creator) Debra Muller (creator) Mary Pigeon (creator) Chris Ash (creator) Lori Shustha (creator) Anita Smith (creator)