I am personally going to try to buy only Native-made products for gifts, and over the next 5 weeks I'll be writing about my challenges and findings. Now, you can just bookmark this link, and all your Native dreams will come true (ok, maybe that's an exaggeration).
But seriously, I will be posting links to Native-owned and operated businesses that sell Native-made goods, along with links to Native artists' sites, and local Native-run stores and Holiday Native American Art Markets. I will also post a 'quasi-Native' set of links - businesses owned by non-Native folks who promote Native businesses and sell Native-made products. Again, the idea is to create a network of folks who support one another and who support the idea of economic development in Indian Country.
I'll post the links below, but PLEASE add to this list in the comments section. I want to build a great list of awesome sites to support. In the coming 2 weeks, I will be adding to this list significantly - looking to promote everyone as much as possible. This list will be reprinted in one place, and you can find it here at any time of the year (even when the holidays are gone!).
Now, for this list that you see below, I cheated. I'm not going to lie. I went over to Chelsea Vowel's site Apihtawikosisan and took her list and pasted it below. Vowel is a major supporter of Beyond Buckskin and of Native-run businesses and Native artists. I also went over to the Beyond Buckskin Facebook page and went through all the Liked Pages and added those websites to the list below. I will be adding to this list throughout the next couple of days, so check back often! There are A LOT of options out there when it comes to buying Native, and, ultimately, supporting Native communities. So, please, support, and bring meaning back into the holidays with locally produced Native-made items.
Please share this post and/or sign your name below if you will join me in this pledge to BUY NATIVE and to buy at least one Native-made gift this season.
Beyond Buckskin Boutique - Specializing in Native-made clothing and jewelry, this boutique has you covered when it comes to fashion, from urban wear to haute couture and pop jewelry and an ever changing cast of fashion designers to keep you trendy and decked out in Indigenous gear.
Edzerza Gallery - I swear Alano never sleeps. From fashion to jewelry to high end art, this guy can decorate your world.
Manitobah Mukluks - Mukluks, moccasins, and more. A wide variety, from affordable to couture boots. Real leather, real fur, real awesome.
Tlicho Online Store - Beautiful handmade crafts and clothing of all kinds in Dene style, made by Tlicho artisans.
Neechiegear - A Cree-inspired and athletic-based clothing store based out of Saskatchewan.
Arctic Canada Trading Company - This shop offers a wide range of Northern made quality products including birch bark baskets, canvas tents, Inuit carvings, moccasins and mukluks.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Online Store - Home decor, baskets, carvings, drums, jewelry, pottery, blankets, moccasins, toys, kitchenware, and more, this is like the Macy's for Northwest Coast Native-made items.
Moonstone Creation - This store in Calgary, AB is run by Yvonne Jobin, a Cree designer from High Prairie.
Tammy Beauvais - Mohawk hand made designs, both traditional and modern.
Tan'si clothing - T-shirts in Cree.
Dorothy Grant - High fashion by Haida designer, Dorothy Grant.
OxDx - Streetwear influenced by Native culture, street art, and music.
Native Threads - The original Native streetwear kings! They've recently teamed up with popular Native artist Steven Paul Judd to produce some limited tees - which would be great gifts for the hipset.
Art of the Lakota - Beautiful quillwork earrings and bracelets.
The Soft Museum - Bright and fun jewelry.
Mother Earth Essentials - Products for the bod.
MiLo Creations - Contemporary Acoma Pueblo jewelry.
Ora Louise Boutique - Southwest style.
Demockratees - Political tees, posters, and stickers.
Kristen Dorsey Designs - Beautiful contemporary jewelry inspired by ancient Southeast Native traditions.
Sacred Grounds Trading Post - A trading post with something for everyone, based out of Tucson.
Native Cakes - Yes, a Native-owned custom cake shop in Tuba City, Arizona located on the Navajo Nation. They specialize in making custom Wedding cakes, tiered celebration cakes, sheet cakes, and more, all with a Native flair.
Birchbark Books - Owned by Louise Erdrich, a store specializing in books, art and jewelry based out of Minneapolis.
Alaska Native Heritage Center - Art, gear, and books.
Rez Hoofz: This Etsy page features stunning hand painted boots, shoes and bags from Pine Ridge.
From The River Collective: Beautiful Northern California Native-made fashion and home decor.
Love In Everything - One-of-a-kind creations for your one-of-a-kind child.
Northwest Beadwork - Cool beadwork
Mea B'Fly - Graphic art earrings remixed with Native images.
Dean Couchie - Beaded medallions for days.
Cree Nisga’a Clothing - Specialising in footwear.