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Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day + 22 Beautiful Native Owned Shops For Art, Decor, Fashion, & Beauty

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Happy Monday everyone. We hope you had a lovely, relaxing weekend and if you are enjoying another rejuvenating day off today, we are so happy you took the time to stop by. Today, EHD is OOO and recognizing this holiday celebrating Indigenous People in our country and all over the world.

When Indigenous Peoples’ Day started to become established in the U.S. it was a long overdue act of recognition to the native people who have been historically and unjustly disenfranchised in this country. It seems such a feeble act to simply acknowledge this day but since we are a design blog, we wanted to bring attention to the native-owned shops and artists that may not be on your radar yet– especially since Native American culture has so much influence on interior design. That said, I am thrilled to introduce you all to some incredible Native artists, makers, and brands that you can shop, support, and follow right now.

Art & Photography:

Itsooaakii | Aly Mcknight | Tyana Arviso

Sheridan MacKnight

Sheridan MacKnight is an artist of Hunkpapa Lakota, White Earth Chippewa and Scottish descent. She paints as well as makes jewelry that honors her roots and powerful Indigenous identity. From the artist: “My work honors my Native American roots, and to the strong and spiritual devotions of my people. I am Lakota from the Hunkpapa clan and Chippewa from the White Earth Band. My images reflect the heart and emotion of my relations, be it historically or in the present time in the narration of the composition.”

Follow on Instagram: @sheridoll

Our Picks: “Roaring ’20’s” Print | “Sisters” Drum

Aly Mcknight

Aly Mcknight’s body of work consists of watercolor prints and mixed media that celebrates her heritage and life as an Indigenous woman and mother. From the artist: “My artwork and creative endeavors are dedicated to Indigenous representation and youth and womxn empowerment.” I absolutely love her modern take on native culture and how she reflects the female spirit.

Follow on Instagram: @alymcknight

Our picks: AIN’T MY FIRST POWWOW Print | MOTHER EARTH Print

Itsooaakii

Evelyn Mikayla Martin’s (itsooaakii) body of work “primarily consists of self portraits (acrylic on canvas) working to hold space for herself & all of her intersecting identities, along with BIPOC womxn whose identities & lived experiences mirror her own.” Her work is bold and extremely empowering (I especially love this one and need it for my bedroom).

Follow on Instagram: @itsooaakii

Our picks: “Show Up For Yourself” Print | “Call Yourself” Print

Thundervoice Eagle

Lehi ThunderVoice Eagle is an artist of Navajo/Totonoc descent. He was raised part-time in the Arizona wilderness, living off the land and part-time in the city and as such his work is about “Reclaiming, reharmonizing, and renewing a way of life in an authentic way.”

Follow on Instagram: @thundervoice_eagle

Our picks: Kiss From Above | Buffalo Tree Rings

HOME DECOR:

Indian Pueblo Store | Indigo Arrows | Northwest Native Expressions

Bettys Baskets Shop

Betty’s baskets shop is where you NEED to go for just about the dang cutest handwoven baskets you’ll ever see. Owner and Native artist, Betty Derke, is a member of the Chippewa tribe from the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. From the artist: “Weaving became a way to not only connect with my heritage, but to answer a calling I have had since childhood. I could close my eyes and imagine a circle of women working closely together. Most of the time I’ve felt that Sprit was doing the designing as my hands sculpted, so to speak. It has been a very spiritual experience for me. My baskets are functional as well as ornamental; as my grandson used to say, “Gramma, you could put your treasures in there!” SO. CUTE.

Our Picks: Sand Dune Coil Basket | New Mexico Coil Basket

Indian Pueblo Store

The Indian Pueblo Store was founded in 1976 to gather and showcase work from Pueblo and Southwestern Native artists. They work with internationally renowned Native American artists as well as emerging talents from the Southwest, and sell everything from rings, to rugs, to Pendleton blankets.

Follow on Instagram: @indianpueblostore

Our picks: Traditional Micaceous Bowl by Clarence Cruz | Pendleton Chief Joseph Adult Robe Blanket

Heart Berry

Heart Berry Owner, Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe-Ojibwe Artist from Fond du Lac Reservation in Northern Minnesota. She says that Heart Berry “began in the kitchen on the Rez. What began as a custom beadwork and regalia business “House of Howes”, grew from a one woman squad in 2007 to our current team.” They collaborate with other Native artists and are now committed to teaching and building a community of makers.

Follow on Instagram: @heartberry.co

Our Picks: Woodlands Floral Throw Blanket | Birch Mug

Heart Berry | Northwest Native Expressions | Indigo Arrows

Northwest Native Expressions

Northwest Native Expressions is a Native art gallery (located in Sequim, WA) featuring Native American artists from around Washington State. They sell baskets, books, clothing, textiles, jewelry, and more.

Our picks: Dream Catcher | Ecuadane ~ Antisana Earth Blanket

Made By Nativos

Made by Nativos makes hammocks, blankets, bags that are meant to encapsulate centuries of ancient native traditions. The shop was created by owner Laura Bustamante to support and preserve Ancient Native traditions, as part of humanity’s cultural heritage.

Our picks: Dark Blue Double Hammock | Alpaca Blanket Reymi Wine Genuine Handmade Queen blanket 

Indigo Arrows

Indigo Arrows sells pillows, linens, and textiles with patterns that are inspired by historical native pottery. From the owner: “For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples in Manitoba, including my Anishinaabe ancestors, created beautiful patterns to adorn their pottery collections and host of bone tools. Most of the surviving pieces are held by museums now, but I think the world needs more than exhibition- we need these patterns in our homes provoking thought; we need them bridging gaps; and, we need them inspiring our loved ones. The Indigo Arrows line picks up where my ancestors left off.”

Follow on Instagram: @indigo_arrows

Our picks: Bezhig 20×20 Pillow | Bezhig Long Lumbar Pillow

Fashion & Jewelry:

She Native | B.Yellowtail | Shiyoo Designs

B.Yellowtail

B.Yellowtail is founded on the notion that clothing can be a vehicle for storytelling through wearable art. Founder Bethany Yellowtail, originally from the Crow (Apsaalooke) & Northern Cheyenne (Tsetsehestahese & So’taeo’o) Nations in southeastern Montana, is fueled by her social justice vision for her community which is fused with her work and artistic vision. “In a world where indigenous images are often stolen and misappropriated, Bethany serves as an unapologetic arbiter of authenticity; a genuine voice who seeks to empower her people through design and representation.”

Follow on Instagram: @byellowtail

Our picks: VOTING IS SACRED T-shirt | Protect Her – Women’s Organic Cotton Tee

The NVTS

The NVTS was started by “two Native American guys trying to fill a hole in the market that is missing the voice of the people.” Their mission is to inspire the youth to embrace culture and history and they did so by creating this native-owned clothing company. Now, their team is comprised of natives from several different tribes and they specialize in making modern clothing with native prints that hold a deeper meaning.

Follow on Instagram: @nvtsclothing

Our picks: Heather Gold Tee | Powwow Highway Tee

She Native

SheNative’s mission is to instill inner strength and unwavering confidence in all women, inspired by teachings that come from Indigenous Nationhood, stemming from the idea that Nationhood means knowing who you are and where you come from. As an Indigenous woman, founder Devon Fiddler has overcome discrimination and feelings of self-doubt and has created an uplifting fashion and lifestyle brand that celebrates her heritage and encourages resilience in all women.

Follow on Instagram: @shenativegoods

Our picks: Resilient Ladies Bamboo Sweatpants | Cropped Crewneck Fleece

She And Turquoise | Ginew | B.Yellowtail

Ginew

Ginew (Gih-noo) is the only Native American-owned denim line in the world. It is based out of Portland, Oregon, and founded by husband-and-wife duo Erik Brodt and Amanda Bruegl who live and create their brand by the motto “Minobimaadiziiwin” – “Yohahi-yo sathahita?n” which, simply put, means “Live Well”. Their clothing is androgynous in style, extremely versatile, very COOL, and designed to last.

Follow on Instagram: @ginew_usa

Our picks: Strawberry Down Vest | West Fork Red Jean

She And Turquoise

Shondina Lee, founder of She and Turquoise, is a creative director, photographer, fashion influencer, and jewelry maker. She launched She and Turquoise to sell her earrings that are both classically fashionable and uniquely inspired by her Indigenous heritage.

Follow on Instagram: @shondinalee

Our picks: Naja Necklace | Big Pendant Necklaces

Kristen Dorsey Designs | She Native | Shiyoo Designs

Native Clay Co

Sa-ha-na Jackson originally started Native Clay Co. as a fun new hobby but quickly transformed into an avenue for self-discovery. Her earrings are handmade on the rez and her designs are created to honor her people and history.

Follow on Instagram: @nativeclayco

Our picks: Feminine in Terracotta and Turquoise Long | Beaute in Olive

Kristen Dorsey Designs

Kristen Dorsey, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, makes her jewelry under the foundation that “Jewelry captures our cultural identity and our spirituality.” Her designs are elegant and uniquely inspired by her life experiences and heritage.

Follow on Instagram: @kristendorseydesigns

Our picks: Heart of the Shield Studs in Sterling Silver | Four Direction Loksi Earrings in Sterling Silver

Shiyoo Designs

Founder Jeri Yazzie is an Indigenous artisan that makes jewelry that feels chic, happy, and authentic. Her creations are all handmade and are made with a whimsical and carefree style in mind.

Follow on Instagram: @shiyoodesigns

Our picks: Vintage Coin Earrings | Abalone Shell Earrings

Authentic Native Made

Is there anything cuter than baby mocassins?? My guess is no. The founder of Authentic Native Made is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie band of Chippewa Indians, in northern Michigan and a self-taught artist. Her shop features her handmade baby mocassins and infant shoes in a variety of styles and colors. If you have any baby showers coming up, say hello to the perfect gift!

Follow on Instagram: @sharolynmaleport

Our picks: Native American Beaded Infant Moccasins | Fringe baby Mocassins

Beauty:

Cheekbone Beauty | Sister Sky | Mother Earth Essentials

Cheekbone Beauty

Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded, digitally-native, Canadian cosmetics company established in 2016. It began because founder Jennifer Harper wanted to create a beauty brand that the Indigenous youth could see themselves in after being separated from her Indigenous roots for most of her childhood and adult life. Cheekbone beauty is also cruelty -free and just this year they launched a less-waste line of lipsticks called SUSTAIN, and they have zero-waste goals for 2023.

Follow on Instagram: @cheekbonebeauty

Our picks: Face Palette | Fire & Autumn Lip Set

Mother Earth Essentials

Mother Earth Essentials is a Canadian based Indigenous brand that creates luxurious bath & beauty products from natural ingredients and traditional recipes. The founder, Carrie Armstrong, comes from a long line of Cree Medicine women and is passionate about sharing her culture through the brand’s beauty essentials.

Follow on Instagram: @motherearthessentials

Our picks: Sweetgrass Hand & Body Lotion | Sweetgrass Aromatherapy Mist

Sister Sky

Sister Sky is a natural beauty brand that was started by two sisters inspired by their Native American grandmothers who harvested a variety of plants like sweet grass, cedar and sage to make teas, ointments and creams. 

Follow on Instagram: @sistersky__

Our picks: Kevin’s Care Body Lotion | Sweetgrass Body Care Gift Set

Additional Learning Resources:

This article has great information on how to support Indigenous organizers fighting Covid-19 in Native American Communities.

Matika Wilbur (a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington) discusses her personal journey to finding her way back to her culture and Representation vs. Power with Grace Bonney in this video.

Matika also has a wonderful podcast with Adrienne Keene called All My Relations, where they talk about the issues Native American people are facing in today’s world.

If you haven’t heard of James Jones (@notoriouscree), he’s an Indigenous influencer who celebrates his culture through dance and funny/powerful videos. I promise you will be blown away and learn. He is really huge on TikTok but you can also find him on Instagram.

Alright, that is all we have for you for today. Please share any additional shops, artists, or resources in the comments. Have a great Monday and week sweet friends. xx

Fin Mark

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Thank you for sharing this! So glad you’re using your platform to share artists and makers that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Happy Indigenous Peoples Day!

Jess

So glad to see this. I’m from northern MN and we have quite a few tribes. And it has been frustrating to really see the push for black lives matter and yet somehow not acknowledge that they are not the only minorities in this country.

Daria

I think we can talk about pushing for more indigenous advocacy without putting down another movement, especially Black Lives Matter. It’s often the case that well meaning folk will do this but Black activism is a long and storied cause and there’s no reason to ever say that they don’t “acknowledge that they are not the only minorities in this country” especially when that is emphatically not true.

Gigi

Omg. Thank you for pointing this out because I read that and immediately felt exhausted. A win for one POC group can be the blueprint for another group to succeed. It seems our Native and Indigenous community is only brought up to negate BLM and otherwise they are forgotten even by those now promoting them to thumb their noses at BLM. Just look how long Columbus Day has been celebrated.

Jess

As the biracial woman who posted the original comment, I am negating nothing for BLM. I also happen to be Native American, and it is frustrating to be almost completely ignored. I wasn’t putting down BLM, just simply pointing out they aren’t the only minority group facing issues. I could have gone into Native Peoples being here even before Blacks, but didn’t. Perhaps next time inquiring into the situation is better than making assumptions.

Aimee

Perhaps instead of making a comparison, just saying more attention needs to be made to Native issues would get the point across. I’m not sure why BLM even needs to be brought in to the comment. You may not have intended it as a put down, but that’s definitely how I read it as well

Renee

I don’t think we all read it as a put down–I know I didn’t. She was just trying to point out that, lately, it has felt that other minority groups have been overshadowed by BLM. There’s nothing wrong with having a conversation about it.
And thank you, Emily and Ryann, for posting this amazing list of native owned shops! I loved it!!

Kiki Flinn

Jess, I would hope that as an indigenous person, you’d know your history before speaking for an entire group of people, therefore would be able to acknowledge that there are Black people (please do not say “blacks”), who are also indigenous. Look at Mexico. Also, every single Black person in this country who identifies as African American and therefore descendants of people who were forced here by the horrors of chattel slavery are are descendants of DISPLACED indigenous people of Africa. Indigenous people of this land had their land stolen; African Americans are descendants of people who were STOLEN from their land. No one is or wants to win the oppression olympics, so I’m rather disgusted by your comment. And I’m rather saddened to see someone from Northern NM, a place I hold dearly in my heart, saying something so tone-deaf. My mom, is from El Rito, which if you’re from the area of Northern NM, you’re familiar with. My dad is a Black man from Baltimore. I can champion both causes without being divisive. Try it sometime.

Ano

What a lovely idea – thank you! One request – please post photos next to each shop. You did the same format of subcategories with only pictures at the headings when you were highlighting black-owned companies – it seems a little click-baity to me and most people aren’t going to click on EVERY link to get an idea of the company, which makes it less likely people will fully appreciate all of the entities listed.

Rusty

Now THIS is refreshing! Thank you.
Such a great collection and variety.
Nice to put the spotlight on Indigenous peoples.

Australia’s Aboriginal peoples have lived here for at least 40,000 years and are THE longest living culture on tge planet. It’s truly amazing for me to have had the privilege of know a full blood Aboriginal woman who was actually born on country, in the bush.
This amazing woman found (on walkabout, a traditional sort of reconnection to native land of origin) a small gold nugget and a mid-sized opal. She gave them to me on two separate occasions.
My mother (bravely) took the chance of having them created ito a beautiful piece of jewellery with the nugget sort of holding the opal, for my graduation from uni…it was a long hard slog of livjng in poverty for the duration of my studies.
It. Is. Beautiful.
I think of “Cathy”, her Australian name, every time I see it or think about it.
She was as much a treasure as the treasures shd gave me. I’m blessed to have had such a deep connection with her.

You guys are continuing to walk your talk and I’m proud of you! xx

What a great story! also, have you read the book Mutant Message? i read that 2 years ago and it broke my heart. but then i read this was a made up story. but then it got me really interested in the aboriginal story in Australia. if you have read it, what are your thoughts?

J

Hi Lovely, I’m sure you didn’t mean it this way but just to let you know for next time it is not preferred to use ‘Aboriginal’ without also using ‘people’ and it should be capitalised. Without using ‘people’ these words become adjectives and can be dehumanising. If it helps think of it like this: we would say ‘Mark has a disability’ or ‘Mark is a person with a disability’ not ‘disabled Mark’. The term ‘Indigenous Australians’ is preferred in academia. ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’ is accepted but not in all circles. I hope this helps anyone reading become a little bit more culturally sensitive and think about our language choices 🙂

Rusty

No, I haven’t even heard of it!
I’ll have a look-see.

Rusty

Hhhmmmm, yeah, probably not so much my thing (Mutant Message), because there are so many true stories of the land and its original peoples (there are hundreds and hundreds of different Australian Aboriginal Nations, with different languages, cultures, etc.). Our National broadcaster, the ABC has made some truly amazing children’s programs about Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories (these are the stories of creation, according to Indigenous peoples. Their “Songlines” are spoken/sung history and even include songs that can tell where to go to find water in the desert while on Walkabout…amazing stuff!!!).
All these programs are available FREE on iview Australian ABC.
Worth a look!!!

Jen

Thank you so much for this and the way you all use your voices and your consciousness. Thank you!

uli

lovely post! i would like to add another company: https://eighthgeneration.com/

Lisa

BRAVO on this post! Brilliant!

Michael Lovelady

Eight Generation is also a great place to look for art designed and made by Native Americans:

https://eighthgeneration.com/

Aimee

I came to say this is as well.

oh awesome. thank you for sharing!

Megan

I also love @byellowtail!

Ingrid

How wonderful – thank you!!!

Abby

Thank you! Maybe you already did this, but please add some of these artists/products to the “shop” page too 🙂 Then i will remember to buy from some of these stores the next time i’m looking for something.

Emily

If you’re looking for something to read or watch, may I suggest the novel There, There by Tommy Orange and the episode The Original Americans on Padma Lakshmi’s Taste the Nation (on Hulu). Just two things I’ve enjoyed recently that I found to be a thoughtful reflection on modern Native life. Maybe you’ll enjoy them too!

Marcie

Thank you for this list of companies and creators. I have one more to add: Ah-Shi Beauty, an indigenous Black-owned cosmetics company in New Mexico.

Anne

Beyond Buckskin is another great online shop. They sell clothing and accessories from a bunch of small artists.

Renee

Love Beyond Buckskin too!

Susan

I really want the “Voting is Sacred” t-shirt, but it’s sold out! Several other items from other shops also are sold out. Perhaps it’s the EHD effect?

Emily W

Another great shop to add to the list is Eighth Generation. They have a storefront in Seattle but also sell online. In the shop is a variety of goods from Native artisans – clothing, phone cases, blankets, jewelry, etc.
the tag line for the shop is also wonderful – “Shop inspired Natives, not native-inspired”.

Caity

Hey guys! Thank you so much for this awesome post! I loved going to all these site and exploring these artists. I’ve definitely found some pieces to buy. Indigenous rights are incredibly important to me, and it is so refreshing to begin to see more awareness of the history and current situation south of the Canadian border.

One thing I would suggest: First Nations people have not just been disenfranchised: they have been the victims of genocide throughout the Americas. They were and arguably still are actively targeted for extermination.

nl

@harmony.hoss. Self-taught Tlingit artist.

Erin Kinney-Fields

The cognitive dissonance of this post along with the decision to put a plastic layer all over your yard is great. I really hope there is discussion about that decision in later posts.

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