In our search for an artist to design our logo, we expressed a desire for the logo to be simplistic yet expressively respective of our unique organization.
We are so pleased to have found a Lakota artist who then spent considerable time in reflection before being "shown" the design we are to use. Wopila tanka!
The four direction colors symbolize the direction we will take and knowing where we come from. The yellow (east) is representative of the rising sun aimed at the opening of the traditional path of the spirits as we lovingly greet them with open hearts.
The geometric star in the center is a graphic that is used in star quilt designs. The star quilt is used to honor the living and remembering relatives who had passed away. This is the Descendants way of memorializing and honoring our relatives who were killed in the massacre.
The negative space in the center is the graphic representation of the frame work of a traditional Inipi, a place for prayer and purification. It is a central motif that is a core values of our organization. Our constant prayer is for our relatives’ to guide us in a good way to protect them and their burial place.
The outer cycle made up of twenty-eight blue teepees, symbolize the people that support our efforts in protection. Twenty-eight is a one of the sacred numbers of our Lakota people.
The opening at the top of the circle represents the traditional path the spirits use in our ceremonies. The spirits are an embodiment of all the people and our relatives that came before us.
(The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre Descendants Society owns and retains all copyright and trademark rights to this logo. The 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre Descendants Society does not grant permission in any form of sharing, copying, and/or the redistribution of our logo from our website.)