Traditional forms of Lakota artwork inform the design at a detailed level and also in an oblique way. The variations in tone among similarly colored quills, embroidered together on a moccasin, lend the entire design a visual depth and richness beyond the symbols woven into the pattern. The contrasting colors of a feather used in a war bonnet, along with the subtle filigree of individual fibers at the feather’s edge breakdown the density of repeating patterns. The nomadic Lakota culture developed in the outdoors; the land was their home and classroom. The building, while being stationary and permanent, maintains a connection to the sacred landscape by embracing its lessons, moods, climates and seasons.