October 31, 2016

Jamie Okuma | New Fashion from Traditional Designs

We've seen many European and American fashion designers attempt to bring traditional Native American regalia into contemporary fashion, and fail miserably. The idea is exciting, but, how do we execute the concept in a way that honors our past, while celebrating creativity and authenticity?

Jamie Okuma has been knocking our fashion socks off for years now, and we are so pumped to see her latest creations. These items feature original traditional designs made by Okuma with beads, elk teeth, brass sequins, and feathers for her regalia.

October 25, 2016

This is Native Land

Today, water protectors from throughout the world are joining the frontlines at Sacred Stone Camp.

Beyond Buckskin is based out of the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota, so we get the dual reality of both visiting and engaging with the camp, but also hearing the distorted coverage on various local news outlets. The bias is sickening.

Two days ago, Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires, took back unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie.

October 20, 2016

Beautiful, Elegant, Story-Rich Birchbark and Red Willow

When we first opened the doors to our store on the Turtle Mountain Reservation, several local artists came by to visit. Because we focus on clothing and fashion, we don't offer a fine art section. But the talent that came through our doors could not be ignored, and I made a decision to work with a small family of birchbark and red willow artists. They carry on ancient techniques passed on to them from their grandparents - people who are well-known in this area, but not elsewhere. Their work is stunning, even a bit enchanting. And I love that the materials are harvested locally and respectfully.

June 13, 2016

Artist Profile | Maria Running Fisher Jones

We are so excited to add another amazing and talented female artist to the Beyond Buckskin Boutique! Maria Running Fisher Jones is a proud member of the Blackfeet tribe from Montana, and she is the owner of TPmocs, a company that employs Native American artisans to handcraft modernly designed children’s moccasins.

Her moccasins are not only adorable, but I also love the fact that she is cultivating a whole new generation of hip kids that rep modern Native-made fashion. And that is awesome. Let's start them young!

May 30, 2016

I Don't Like Etsy, and This is Why...

In 2011, in addition to the beginning of the Urban Outfitters case with the Navajo Nation, Etsy was gaining momentum as an important marketplace for handmade goods. And, as an arts advocate, I saw big potential in Etsy for Native American artists to reach patrons and consumers throughout the world. But, the label “Native American” holds great monetary value, and even the average person or shop owner on Etsy realizes this and they misuse these words or tags to name and describe their products to garner more hits when consumers search for handmade Native jewelry or art.

March 31, 2016

Beyond Online: Announcing a New Retail and Studio Space

We are so excited to announce that as a part of our overall mission and goals, Beyond Buckskin will be launching our first storefront and studio space! It will be located in Belcourt, North Dakota, on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. This space is set to open with a celebration on May 7th, which will coincide with Beyond Buckskin’s annual online Anniversary Sale - a blazing 24-hour storewide sales event with amazing deals to thank customers for their year-long support. Please mark your calendars to join us in this in-person and online event!