Each year, to celebrate the spirit of the season and help raise funds to support its massive Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive, the nonprofit Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, hosts an annual star quilt raffle. This year’s quilt has been christened “Winter Solstice.”
Hand-crafted by Cheyenne River tribal member Bonnie LeBeaux, the quilt evokes colors of the sweetness of the season.
About Bonnie LeBeaux
Quilting has been Bonnie’s passion since she returned home from the US Navy, and has since been creating through quilting. She grew up watching her mother and grandmother at their sewing machines, designing beautiful items at their kitchen tables. She has been inspired by them from a very young age. She recalls sewing make shift “pockets” onto bags at the age of 8 with her mother’s new sewing machine. She currently owns and operates her own quilting business; Bonnie LeBeaux Quilts and Jewelry.
Bonnie customizes each quilt, using alternate fabrics if it is critical to the design or requested by her customer. Employing designs that are relevant to the Lakota, Bonnie’s quilts depict a variety of traditional symbolism, including specific color combinations, animal patterns, and other various designs. Additionally, she has created stunning designs rendering flags and war bonnets in intricate patterns with eye-catching colors. Her work is predominately contemporary, although the traditional influence of Lakota culture is always discernable in her work.
Bonnie was born on April 5, 1973 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Wigmunke Was’te Win, is her Lakota name, given to her by her Grandmother Marcella, meaning Pretty Rainbow Woman. She is a descendent of Chief Four Bear and Rain-in-the-Face. On her mother’s side she belongs to the Red Forehead and Weaver Clans of the Dine’.
And, we want our supporters to know that all funds raised through raffle ticket sales will benefit our Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive, which is one of our longest-running and most important programs. We’ll be serving more than 1,500 children in 20 communities across our reservation this year, which is an enormous undertaking—one we simply couldn’t manage without our friends across the country and around the world.”
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Tickets are $1 each or $5 for a six-ticket packet. All proceeds benefit CRYP’s 2021 Wo Otúh’an Wi Toy Drive.
The 2021 Lakota Star Quilt Raffle runs through the end of the day on Wednesday, December 22. The drawing will take place on December 29.