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The Eighth Generation team had a wonderful year. Take a look at nine of our favorite highlights from 2019 in our end of the year recap below! You can also check out our Look Book, which features our wide selection of Native-designed products.
Photo taken in front of Snoqualmie Falls with a wool blanket designed in collaboration with the Snoqualmie Tribe. Shot by Brittney Couture Photography.
Back in November, founder Louie Gong was excited to announce in a personal letter the sale of Eighth Generation to the Snoqualmie Tribe. Eighth Generation is proud to be bought by a local tribe that shares our passion for creating opportunities for Native artists, and intend to significantly amplify our work with both resources and strategic support.
Eighth Generation Staff pose with Governor Jay Inslee at our flagship Pike Place Market Store.
On November 25th, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee stopped by our Pike Place Store to make a proclamation about supporting Native artists and Native art entrepreneurs by declaring Nov 25th through Dec 2nd Native Arts Week!
Our Warehouse Studio crew delivering our wool blanket donation to Chief Seattle Club.
The Eighth Generation team receiving the "Small Business Empowerment Award" from Chris James in Las Vegas.
Eighth Generation received the National Center for American Indian Economic Development’s “Small Business Empowerment Award” at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, in March. Founder Louie Gong also addressed the General Assembly as the keynote speaker!
Earlier this year, we were honored to welcome Shirod Younker (Coquille/Miluk Coos/Umpqua) as our newest Inspired Natives Awardee! Shirod is an artist and educator who has committed to perpetuating the artwork of his people and supporting others to do the same. We created a pair of cozy "Slack Tide" Crew socks, and make sure to keep an eye out for new products with Shirod!
We partnered with the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) and National Indian Education Association (NIEA) to create blankets to support Native students across the country. You can purchase the AIGC Turtle Blanket here!
In celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day, we unveiled a new wool blanket titled "All Around Excellence" that pays tribute to the legendary Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox), a Native icon famous for winning Olympic gold in the decathlon and pentathlon, before going on to excel in professional baseball and football. Officially licensed and designed by Eighth Generation in collaboration with Sac and Fox traditional ribbon artist, Ruth Garvin. You can also take a look at our Jim Thorpe Phone case here!
The Eighth Generation admin team in our newest warehouse.
This year, we grew from occupying one warehouse, to TWO in Seattle's SODO District! We're excited to have more production and warehouse space to accommodate our small but ever-growing company.
Our kick ass team is growing faster than ever! In 2019, we welcomed Adriana Perrusquia (Yup'ik), Kevin Coochwytewa (Isleta Pueblo/Hopi), Yirede Valencia-Martinez (Otomi), and Roquin Siongco (CHamoru). Watch for new admin positions for 2020!
From all of us at Eighth Generation, thank you for all your support this year. We appreciate you, and we wish you a Happy New Year!