Long ago, when the earth was still young, Tate’s (the Wind) wife, Ite, had given birth to four sons (the Four Winds). Because of Ite misdeeds, the Great Spirit banished her and commanded that her four sons go out into the earth, to establish the four directions. Tate, placed his lodge in the center of the world and waited for his sons to return. As time passed, each of the four brothers explored their part of the earth, and Tate stayed at the center of the earth, counting the moons for their return. When twelve moons had pasted, the brothers returned to the center of the earth, where the Great Spirit gave each brother one of the directions they established. This created the four seasons, four directions and the yearly cycle; the establishment of Native American life and connection to the sacred circle. This design represents the journey the Four Winds (brothers) took to establish North, South East and West, and Tate (their father) awaiting for their return in the center.
"The Red Bandana - Wind Spirit design was in the works while I was visiting my elderly Aunt and Uncle. I have mentioned these two before, and need to emphasize again, how knowledgeable they are. As with some of my design, I usually have something in my head and then I would hear this story days later that would be the perfect fit. It gets windy here in South Dakota, and I wanted to replicate this movement, the organized chaos of the invisible wind. I had then heard the story about the Four Directions and how they came about. This seemed to fit this design, it gives vision to what we can not see, but can feel and see the effects; the wind"..... Melvin War Eagle.