This season of transforming and transmuting shadow into strength falls during a season where history has been rewritten to uphold white supremacy. Indigenous People's Day is a time to check in with the land you're on, and to disrupt the social norm of business as usual. Honor Native Land, and read up on ways to be in solidarity. Lets all make an effort now, tomorrow, and every day to root for and support Indigenous communities whose land we are one.
Below are some favorite makers, and some larger ways to support the Indigenous communities through non-profits!
If you have any other resources to share, please do so in the comments!
Shop the Indigenous Marketplace! https://www.indigenousmarketplace.org/
Skalwen Botanicals - “Sḵwálwen (skwall - win) is an Indigenous business creating small batch botanical skin care products. Honouring traditional Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) plant knowledge, we incorporate wild harvested plants and organic, high quality ingredients. Our wild plant ingredients are harvested in a sustainable and respectful way and each product has a Squamish name to honour the place where this plant knowledge comes from.”
Denise Cortes / Pear Mama - “I like to create art that helps women of color see themselves a beautiful, powerful and sacred. I hope my art gives women permission to be free — art being the mirror in which they see themselves — however gloriously flawed they appear to be. “
Ice Queen PDX - Vegan ice cream treats! What more could ya want?
Beam Paints - Woman owned, plastic free, light fast , wildflower and honey hand-made watercolor paints! So stunning!
Kai Soderstrom - Amazing queer tattoo artist
NAYA - “Guided by our elders and trusted by the community, NAYA creates a place for our people to gather together and live the values of our own unique cultures. When the Native community thrives so does the entire Portland region. NAYA offers a wide array of comprehensive services and community-based solutions, including lifelong educational opportunities, cultural identity, leadership development, elders support, homes for families, early childhood programs, and paths to financial security based on traditional tribal values.”
Strong Hearts Native Help Line - “A safe domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Anonymous and confidential.”
American Indian Foods- an incredible directory of First Nations food and craft!
Native Arts and Culture Foundation- Aims to increase recognition and visibility for Native artists in national and international arenas and power the artistic growth and magnify the voices of Native artists through the development of new works or completing projects in motion.