April 26, 2014

Native Fashion Design on Display

I am in Massachusetts. I'm here for meetings at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem about an upcoming fashion exhibition. Curated by Karen Kramer, this exhibit will look at Native American-made fashion from the 1950s to the present.

So far, the exhibit is slated to showcase 80-100 individual pieces of wearable art by diverse designers from throughout the US and Canada. It will be the biggest and most comprehensive Native fashion exhibit to date and will undoubtedly change how Native-made fashion is perceived, valued and displayed.

April 10, 2014

Fest Fashion Sans Headdress: How to do Coachella/Native-Inspired Fashion Right

We are kicking off the music festival season, and I want to do all I can to ensure that we do not continue to witness the tacky headdress outbreak that we've experienced in the past several years (just say no to fashion mistakes like Alessandra Ambrosio, left). So, to help out, we've got some non-offensive, super hot, festival-chic Native American fashion options for you music fest lovers out there. These items are made by Native artists and designers, and they are meant to be appreciated by people of all backgrounds, and, the items start at only $22.

April 2, 2014

Beyond Buckskin RES14 Recap

I had just arrived in Las Vegas for the 2014 Reservation Economic Summit. I was coming in from my homelands in North Dakota- a place now known for the oil boom. I was not there to promote the economic development of our natural resources, instead, I was there to promote the financial backing and support of our Indigenous creatives. When the oil has been sucked dry from Mother Earth, unfortunately / fortunately we will still be here (whether or not we will be with clean water is still up in the air), and after our leaders are done relishing the measly scraps thrown to us by big oil companies, our artists will still be creating.