Fire was seen as very sacred to the Lakota. It was believed to be part of the "Four Ages" or Phases of life; from birth to death. During the cycle of life one travels from infancy to teenager, from man or womenhood, to the last stage of life; old age, the time of wisdom and teacher others through this wisdom' Fire (Pheta) represents the power of Tunkasla (great grandfather), which gives life to all things (- Black Elk).
"The Fire Spirit White Bandana Neck/ Head Scarf was a design that I had wanted to do for some time but felt the need to understand it's purpose before I started. I had asked and listened to many elderly people regarding the significance of fire. I had always liked the explanation that Black Elk gave regarding this. There was so much more I wanted to share and expand on, but my stories needed to fit on a small label. Anyway, after delving into the larger understanding of fire, I started to appreciate the significance of some of the ceremonies we still practice today and why they are done in a certain manner. For instance, my understanding of the use and the position of the fire during the Inipi (sweat lodge) allowed a further incite into how I enter the lodge, the words spoken while in there, and the connection to the ancestors .... Oh, someone did ask me about the use of the skulls. This was to represent not only the spirit of the individual but the physical"...... Melvin War Eagle.