Support & Celebrate Indigenous History
With the recent vote to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day in Los Angeles, we're excited to celebrate this holiday that honors and brings awareness to native communities rather than erasing them from history. We also hope that Los Angeles, and the other cities in the US that have already adopted Indigenous Peoples Day, can serve as an example for the rest of the country to re-evaluate their observance of Columbus Day.
These brands, owned by Native people in North America, celebrate and preserve the creativity, history, and culture of indigenous people. Supporting these companies also helps support economic development in Native communities that need it most!
1. Beyond Buckskin Boutique
Product Range | Men’s & women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry, moccasins, home decor
Launched in 2009, Beyond Buckskin began simply as a showcase of North America’s talented first artists and original designers. Now, Beyond Buckskin hosts a brilliant boutique, including work from over 40 individual artists. Purchasing from Beyond Buckskin ensures that indigenous art is preserved and the artists are supported directly—instead of non-Native owned companies that profit off of “native-inspired” designs.
Product Range | Leather handbags & clutches, apparel
SheNative’s mission is to change the perception of the Indigenous woman, and to celebrate and empower her. Their modern, minimalist leather bags will quickly become a daily staple, and they also make a beautiful gift. SheNative works directly with Indigenous artisans, suppliers, and designers, and also give back 10% of their profits to help support economic growth for Indigenous women.
3. Trickster Company
Product Range | Men’s & women’s apparel, art prints, home goods, paper goods, books, jewelry, skateboards
Trickster Company celebrates Northwest Coast culture through fresh, energetic design and works with indigenous artists to create their ever-expanding product lines. From skateboards and other sporting goods to storybooks, yogawear to onesies, Trickster Company is a cool, innovative company with a little something for everyone.
Product Range | Women’s apparel, accessories, blankets, jewelry, purses
B.YELLOWTAIL is a breathtaking fashion line that celebrates ancestral tradition, beauty, and culture and lives up to the motto “Indigenously Designed For All.” Their brilliantly-colored apparel and quilts are a must-see, and the intricate beaded jewelry will have you mesmerized. You can even dive into B.YELLOWTAIL’s collective to learn more about the Native American makers behind the products they offer online.
Product Range | Baby moccasins
TPMOCS was founded on the principle that everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed, and sales of their moccasins help create economic opportunities for Native American communities in need. Their adorable baby moccasins are proudly Native Made and are handcrafted to order, making them an impactful and meaningful gift for the little one in your life. Plus, by purchasing Native-Made products, you are helping to preserve traditional craftsmanship that is vital to cultural identity.
6. Michelle Brown Wear
Product Range | Jewelry
Michelle Brown’s designs are influenced by her Native American heritage, where she pulls inspiration from the past history of her ancestors and the present metropolitan woman. This Navajo woman’s jewelry designs are unique, and we adore the intentional design & materials that go into each piece. Michelle Brown’s jewelry is wearable art that will remain beautiful for a lifetime.
7. Bedré Fine Chocolate
Product Range | Fine chocolates
Bedré Fine Chocolate was founded over forty years ago, and was purchased in 2000 by the Chickasaw Nation to continue the mission of making the highest quality of chocolates available. These luxury chocolates and their recipes honor Native American traditions and history. Bedré is dedicated to their community and contributes to programs that support education, health & wellness, and other philanthropic organizations within the Chickasaw Nation.
Header image from B. YELLOWTAIL