Captivating clothing, accessories and artwork
November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time for celebrate indigenous cultures and tribes around the world. First declared in 1990, the month celebrates Indigenous cultures with ceremonies and traditions. Indigenous cultures proudly embrace their roots through various art forms, including the creation of clothing, jewelry and pottery.
“There are 600 Indigenous Nations with unique language, culture, design aesthetic, and creative stories. While the goal of Indigenous designers is to change the narrative in order to build power and have a place at the larger American table, ”said the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
It is important that consumers buy from businesses owned by indigenous people. Here are 10 to discover this month:
Located in Los Angeles, NSRGNTS focuses on streetwear with a touch of political and pop culture. The pieces evoke an important and educational conversation.
To verify: MMIW / Water Protector Wall Hoodie
Pronounced “chey-tahn ska”, the mark is designed by Dyani White Hawk, a Sičangu Lakota artist. These blankets and jewelry are visually distinctive and traditionally designed with geometric patterns.
To verify: ABOVE / BELOW
Jamie Gentry focuses on hand-cut moose hide moccasins. “I think it’s important to celebrate and bring animals to life rather than cutting and removing the scars,” said Gentry.
To verify: Cork Moose Leather Pleated Toe Moccasins
Cherokee Woman is owned by Martha Robinson, a member of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation. Robinson creates traditional clothing, such as decorated shawls, and accessories, such as jewelry and pottery.
To verify: Traci Rabbit designer shawls
Section 35 was founded by Justin Louis and Andrew Kazakoff and named after Section 35 of the Constitution Act of Canada, which provides protection and rights to Indigenous peoples in Canada. Vancouver, BC-based streetwear company sells clothing with political statements
Owned by Devon Fiddler, who dedicates her Canadian brand to Indigenous women, SheNative specializes in leather products, including makeup and medicine bags. According to Fiddler, “Medicine bags are traditionally used by indigenous peoples to hold sacred spiritual objects, usually worn around the neck to stay close to the heart.” You can put anything in the small pouch, from crystals to plants. All products are made and designed by Indigenous women and their communities
To verify: Medicine bag with beaded fringes
Etkie is a New Mexico-based business owned by members of the Navajo tribe. The company is dedicated to women and artisans who used traditional techniques and patterns to create these remarkable pieces. The bracelets are made with a traditional loom used by the Navajo tribe.
Women and Aboriginal business from the ancestral home of the Salish people of the Spuyaləpabš (Puyallup) coast in Washington. These streetwear pieces were designed and created by different members of the tribes all over the territory.
To verify: Whirlwind of Time by Dylan Thomas
Eighth Generation was founded by Louis Gong, who is known to have fused the traditional art of the Coast Salish people into identity documents. The business is owned and operated by the Snoqualmie tribe in Washington. All art is designed by the tribe and carries the message of the economic impacts of cultural appropriation.
To verify: Balance silk scarf
ACONAV’s designs, traditions and ideas come to life with a modern twist. The company believes in positive change and in going beyond the limits it imposes on itself.
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