For many, many generations, it was believed that during the Spring Equinox, when the season's first storm arrived, the Wakinyan (Thunder Beings) would return to the Lakota people. This was a time of great ceremony and celebration, for Wakinyan's voice (thunder, lightening, and rain) would mark the beginning of life; a time when the animals, birds, and plants would emerge from their Winter Solstice. It is the Lakota's songs, during this sacred time, that are on this design; wishing the people, plants, and animals good weather.
"The Storm design came to me one night when the winter was starting to end. There were storm clouds everywhere and I could hear the rumblings of the first storm of the season. We all got excited, because this meant Summer was not too far away. As I was doing the design, I though to myself, WOW I do not know of anyone who carries on the Ceremony of the first storm and the arrival of Wakinyan. Then I had read a local paper and a group of Natives from Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservation had been going up to the Black Hills around this time for a number of years and performing the Ceremony. I was glad to see that our people are still keeping such traditions, for it gives an understanding of the world around us, the seasons, and why things are the way they are "...... Melvin War Eagle.