Eighth Generation is a Native-owned and operated company based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2008 when Louie Gong (Nooksack) started customizing shoes in his living room. Now the first Native-owned company to ever produce wool blankets - with a flagship retail store in Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market - Eighth Generation is a proud participant in the global economy. Through the Inspired Natives Project, Eighth Generation creates opportunities for cultural artists who, like Louie a short 8 years ago, struggle to meet demand for their handmade cultural art.Read More
"In a time when many choose to divide & build walls, we choose to find beauty & commonality in one another. All walks of life, all my relations.” ~ Bethany Yellowtail
The All My Relations blanket - the very first offering in our Groundbreakers Series - features designs of the Apsaalooke (Crow) & Tsetsehestahese/So’taeo’o (Northern Cheyenne) to honor & recognize the proud nations of designer Bethany Yellowtail.
Cross-laden vertical stripes & crosses speak to Crow elements, while horizontal stripes and the Morning Star pattern reflect the Northern Cheyenne. Traditionally, the two tribes were enemies with a longstanding rivalry dating back to the days when they lived freely & buffalo roamed the Great Plains. This design weaves the differences and blends the similarities of each tribal nation in a harmonious symbol of unity.
5% of all blanket sales support the Inspired Natives Grant for emerging arts entrepreneurs.
Two years ago when Eighth Generation launched wool blankets, we promised that 5% of our blanket profits would go towards Inspired Natives Grants. In addition the $80k+ we've contributed over the past two years in support of everything from nonprofit organizations to cultural events to family celebrations, we are very proud to fulfill that promise with the launch of our Inspired Natives grant program. We encourage you to review the basic requirements below and share them with the Inspired Natives in your life!
Eighth Generation is celebrating the one year anniversary of the opening of our flagship store at Pike Place Market! For this special occasion, we've teamed up with Seattle's Native-owned Central District Ice Cream Company to curate eight totally unique flavors that celebrate the uniqueness of our brand and team members!
After receiving hundreds of name and flavor suggestions in our first round of community feedback, we narrowed down the options to 15 flavors for the community to vote on in a second round. Hundreds of votes were cast...now here are the flavors that were chosen!