February 3, 2016

Artist Profile | Precise' and Monā Lossie

One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow held in Albuquerque at the end of April. I like it because, well, it's a powwow (and who doesn't like a powwow!?), but also because of the Indian Trader's Market.

Aside from the cheesy name, the market is a great place for me to scout new talented artists to promote and add to the Beyond Buckskin Boutique. Beadwork artists, in particular, are in abundance (seriously!), and I just love beadwork!

January 27, 2016

Blaze of Love: Choose Native-Made for Your Valentine

You know us!: We are always promoting Native-made art, fashion, and other items, and we show no signs of slowing down. New Native-owned businesses are popping up all the time, and it's never been easier to pick out something totally unique and special for your loved ones.

To help the cause, we selected 24 gift ideas that range from a mix-tape download to beaded bling, from a cozy knit cowl scarf to a bold shark tooth pendant and everything in between (like the unisex Power Quill Cuff by Michael Red Cloud pictured left).

January 20, 2016

Top 5 Native American Fashion Designers' Sites to Visit Now

What are some of the coolest online Native American fashion stores to scope out now while you're surfing the web? We've compiled a short list of our favorite sites featuring awesome and fabulous fashion.

While we only spotlight 5 designers below, you can view a much larger selection at this link. Also, feel free to share your favorite Native-owned fashion shops in the comments section below to help spread the love!

January 14, 2016

Artist Profile | Tashina Lee Emery

The world is so big, yet it also can be very small and intimate. I met Tashina years ago when I visited the University of Michigan for an event. The students there were very inspiring, and I'd go on to keep in contact with them. I've seen them ace their finals, graduate, take on competitive internships, and become bright young professionals. And I was so happy when one of them, Tashina, sent me a message last month that she had just launched her own online boutique featuring her handmade jewelry, though she also creates fashion garments.

December 18, 2015

Miss Canada and the Free Bin

Well, I was hoping this wasn't true, but alas, Miss Canada, Paola Nuñez, wore this lil "Totem Pole" number for the Miss Universe Preliminaries held two days ago in Las Vegas. The pageant will be televised live on Sunday, Dec 20, on FOX.

The past costumers for Miss Canada seem to have an identity crisis of sorts, not really knowing how to authentically represent their unique national identity in a flamboyant soundbite of an ensemble.

What makes Canada unique? In the past, they've featured Mounties, maple leaves, and even hockey sticks, but they always come back to old standby: "the Native."

December 11, 2015

Beyond Buckskin's Fricken Awesome Holiday Gift Guide 2015

It's that ring-ting-a-ling time of year again! The tree is up, I've got a snowman penguin in my living room, and my TV 'to watch' list is packed with Rudolph, Frosty, and the Grinch! Yes! It is time to reconnect with family, to hang with friends, and to Buy Native. I estimate that I spend anywhere from $1,000-$2,000 per year on gifts. Whether you think this number is high, or is only a fraction of what you spend, or that you don't spend any money at all, we can't deny that money is circulating this time of year, and I'm here to help redirect any tiny bit of that to artists, to Native-owned businesses, and to community initiatives.