January 4, 2017

The Power of Creativity to Heal

A girl I knew recently passed away on New Years Eve. It was a terrible way to die. Our mothers were best friends, and she was just a few months older than me. We lived parallel lives, each taking very different paths. 

Her death is shocking, and it has somewhat paralyzed me. This place that I call home is undeniably beautiful - the air is sweet in the summertime, the frozen sunsets are candy colored in mid-winter, and there's always that last terrible blizzard in spring, but the smell of dirt as everything melts is an exciting sign of renewal.

December 12, 2016

The Power of Earning and Gifting Feathers

Whenever I get an interview inquiry from the press, I usually - inevitably - end up discussing and explaining the power and sacredness of the Plains Indian headdress. This is mainly due to pop culture's current obsession with, and appropriation of, this striking object. I take the opportunity to share a bit about the value systems that are at the core of these meaningful items of adornment.

Native American headdresses are significant for many reasons, and one of them is because they are comprised of eagle feathers.

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!