November marks the start of Native American Heritage Month, a weeks-long celebration that highlights the achievements and contributions of the Native American community. Whether you’re donating to a non-profit organization — like the Native American Rights Fund and Native Wellness — or showing your support via retail therapy, doing your part to help preserve and promote the Indigenous peoples’ rich culture is absolutely vital.
Ahead, we spotlight seven Native American-owned brands you should know about. Stock up on thoughtfully-made, one-of-a-kind pieces to show your support while elevating your closet, beauty cabinet, bar cart, and more — this month and beyond.
Eighth Generation Birch Bloom Earrings
As the first Native-owned business to sell Native-designed wool blankets in the U.S. and Canada, Eighth Generation has become a lifestyle fixture in Seattle’s Pike Place Market as well as a must-visit e-commerce retailer that boasts home decor, jewelry, and more. Our top pick: these Ojibwe floral (a traditional design) earrings that are crafted with real cedar wood and assembled by the team in Seattle.
Séka Hills 2016 Syrah Bottle
Preservation is at the center of Séka Hills, a specialty food and wine company started by members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation tribe. This goal is made evident thanks to the brand’s sustainably-made items that align with “good environmental stewardship.” While offerings include an impressive range of wildflower honey, nuts, and wine, this bottle of Syrah is among our standout favorites.
Indigo Arrows Niswi Pillow
The Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Indigo Arrows brings home traditional Native designs created by Indigenous peoples, which includes founder and interior designer Destiny Seymour’s Anishinaabe ancestors. This handmade pillow features a Niswi pattern reminiscent of an Anishinaabe pottery style that was originally uncovered in Southern Manitoba over 3,000 years ago.
Prados Beauty The Matriarch Lipstick Bundle
“I created Prados Beauty to bring light and awareness to Indigenous peoples, our stories, our true history, resiliency, and beauty,” says Prados Beauty founder and makeup artist Cece Meadows of the glowing e-commerce destination. “Creating space for Indigenous peoples throughout Turtle Island [synonymous with North America] in the beauty space is my mission, and I take great pride in that opportunity.”
Skwálwen Botanicals Tem t’iḵw Winter Forest Candle
This luxury Indigenous brand honors the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) First Nation by injecting the traditional group’s plant knowledge and commitment to utilizing sustainably sourced, organic ingredients. Each Skwálwen Botanicals product name honors the Squamish language — including this Tem t’iḵw candle, which translates to “winter.”
SheNative Tori-Lynn Bag
Created by Indigenous designer Tori-lynn Wanotch, this fringe bucket-style bag — available on sartorial retailer SheNative — is made with a matte, solid pebbled grain leather for an everyday staple that’s equal parts elegant and delicate.
Bedré Premium Dark Chocolate Coffee
As the only Native American tribe to create its own brand of fine chocolate, the Chickasaw Nation officially took over Bedré in 2000, catapulting the company into nationally-lauded territory with its unique takes on the velvety ingredient. A decadent twist on your a.m. cup of coffee, this particular offering harmoniously combines gourmet dark chocolate and 100% Arabica Premium Coffee for an unforgettable flavor experience.
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