Ravens & Eagle at Sunrise Bandanas
In collaboration with Bandit Bandanas, Trickster Company and Crystal Worl, we are excited to offer a fresh new bandana design called "Ravens & Eagle at Sunrise".
- Standard 21 x 21 inch bandana. Machine wash cold with like colors, line or tumble dry, warm iron, do not bleach.
- 100% Organic Cotton, GOTS Certified and sustainably sourced in India from Chetna Organic, pre-washed for an extra soft feel.
- Made by hand. Printed, cut, sewn, and packaged by hand at a Fair Trade Certified facility in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. Please note that there may be slight sizing and color variations from product to product.
- For every bandana we sell, Bandits donates 10% of proceeds to the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association.
In Tlingit tradition, each person is born into one of two “moieties” – a Raven or an Eagle, which are always inherited from a person’s mother. Each moiety is further subdivided into clans, and each clan is subdivided into houses – all of which serve as vital identification for a Tlingit person. As Crystal explains, "As people of the tide, Tlingit people and Alaskan native people, we don’t differentiate ourselves from animals. We are one of the same." Along with the Raven, Crystal’s design pays homage to the Killer Whale, Salmon, and Frog - which are all identifying animals within the Raven Kinship. The balance and interplay of the animals in the design is inspired by the inherent interdependence of these moieties and clans, and by the Tlingit ritual known as Ku.eex or Potlach. Ku.eex are community gatherings of great importance, centered around honoring the dead and memorializing ancestral experiences through dancing, singing, feasting, and speeches. In addition, a fundamental practice of the Ku.eex is the exchange of gifts or property between members of opposite moieties. These exchanges serve to strengthen the alliance between moiety opposites, and much like Crystal’s design, are representative of the delicate balance that exists in nature (and the importance of respecting it). BANDITS is honored to share Crystal's design, and the story of the Tlingit people, with our community.