The Morning Star is considered one of the most important and sacred constellations of the Lakota belief system. This Star is seen in the East, at a time and place when the Sun (Wi) is almost ready to greet the day. During this twilight time, the Morning Star is surrounded by the changing sky; black (night), red/orange (beginning of dawn) and blue / white (the beginning of day; the journey of Wi ). This movement coincides with the Four Stages of Life; the transition from birth to youth (a time of learning and growing), middle age to old age (a time of reflection and wisdom), showing our journey and purpose in life.
"The Morning Star Umbrella was designed to pay homage to the Lakota's connection and understanding of the constellations. Even though the Stars were considered to be none of the people's concern (for it was believed the stars had their own path and agenda ), the Medicine Men were the only ones that could communicate with the stars. My research into this lead to a number of elders explaining the physical path the people followed, that mimicked exactly what the constellation were doing. If you read the story on my Mysteries of the Stars Bandana Neck / Head Scarf, I explain this further. Most days I wake up before dawn, and when it is clear, I sit and remember my peoples respect for this first star"..... Melvin War Eagle.