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
Eighth Generation and Tanka Fund have teamed up to bring you "The Return" wool blanket, a powerful collaboration that celebrates the return of the buffalo and the renewal of reservation economies.
The design was developed with Sonja Holy Eagle, an Oglala Lakota artist who was trained by her grandmother in painting buffalo hides to record the stories of the people. For this collaboration, she has worked with us to adapt her distinctive style of “ Winter Count” to convey the hopeful message of the return of the buffalo. The magpie is known as the buffalo’s companion, and the presence of the magpie heralds their return. When this blanket is wrapped around a person, the large buffalo comes together to symbolize a complete restoration of the buffalo in tribal communities.
Sonja Holy Eagle was trained by her grandmother in painting buffalo hides to record the stories of the people, and has adapted this traditional art form to offer this beautiful rendering of the return.
Tanka Fund is a national campaign housed at Indian Land Tenure Foundation and sponsored by Native American Natural Foods, a Native-owned company on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. With a mission of returning buffalo to Native lands, lives and economies, Tanka products are the first nationally distributed food product from an Indian Reservation. By providing grants, training and public support, they help Native buffalo producers overcome the barriers they face in growing economically and ecologically sustainable herds. Their goal is to return one million acres of Native lands to buffalo in the next ten years, renewing the health of the grasslands, the people and the local economy of reservation communities.
Standing as a symbol of strength, healing and the power of women, Eighth Generation is thrilled to introduce the "Medicine Dress" phone case design by Sarah Agaton Howes. This case features a Jingle Dress dancer made with inlayed maple on a rich red cedar background. Numerous abalone inlays represent the bells found on vibrant traditional Jingle Dresses.
This beautiful case is made with real wood with a protective clear coat.
*Since this case is made with authentic wood, the wood grain, patterns and knots will vary with each individual case. Your case will be totally unique.
Made in our Seattle studio with 4 vibrant inlays on beautiful red cedar, this totally unique phone case stands out - and way above - the rest. The inside of each special edition case is signed by Louie Gong.
This Orca, which was design by Louie Gong (Nooksack). Description forthcoming.
*Since this case is 100% authentic wood, the wood grain, patterns and knots will vary with each individual skin. Your skin is unlike anyone else’s in the world, literally.
The Tsimshian people have believed since time immemorial that humans are not separate from the natural world, but merely a part of it. This includes the belief that there is a human spirit inside all living things. This beautiful design by Tsimshian artist David Robert Boxley represents the powerful and inextricable connection between humans and the world around us, and is a reminder of our responsibilities to care for it all.
He says, "The salmon will only return if we are respectful and the earth will only allow us to stay if we live in balance with it. 'Ni'nii wila loo łagigyedm ada 'ni'nii sgüü dm waalm. (That is what the ancestors did and that is what we should do)."
This blanket design is the highly anticipated result of Eighth Generation's 2017 Blanket Design Contest, of which David was a winner along with Diné artist Jared Yazzie.
5% of all blanket sales support the Inspired Natives Grant for emerging arts entrepreneurs.