You'll love this bold new blanket by David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian)!

July 17, 2018 2 Comments

The highly anticipated result of Eighth Generation's 2017 Blanket Design Contest is here! David Robert Boxley's (Tsimshian) "Confluence" Wool Blanket is as powerful visually as it is in its message - check it out below! And yes, this is included in our Bigfoot Blowout Sale (ending Friday July 20th)!

Shop the "Confluence" Wool Blanket by David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian)!

This stunning design represents the powerful and inextricable connection between people and the world around us, and acts as a reminder of our responsibilities to care for it all. The Tsimshian people have believed since time immemorial that humans are not separate from the natural world, but merely a part of it. David 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)."

Shop the "Confluence" Wool Blanket by David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian)!

David created the design after he was chosen as the winner of our 2017 Blanket Design Contest along with Diné artist Jared Yazzie, whose blanket is due for release later this year. He says of the collaboration, "I have always wanted to produce a wool blanket and I’m so excited about this. On top of that, partnering with Eighth Generation is an opportunity to show what can happen when we work together. Native people, though coming from many different nations, cultures and regions, have a common history, with common struggles. Eighth Generation is working hard to help make sure Native people are being represented the way we want to be. They provide a positive, uplifting and forward thinking approach so that we can convey our own stories to the world, with our own arts and voices."

Shop the "Confluence" Wool Blanket by David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian)!

David is from the village of Metlakatla, AK and grew up there and in Kingston, WA. He first began to learn how to carve from his father, renowned Tsimshian artist and culture bearer, David A. Boxley, at the age of six. After moving away for a period of time, he has returned to live in his village to help in the efforts to save his people's language, and is now the Co-chair of The Haayk Foundation, which works to preserve and revitalize Tsimshian language, history, and traditions. Louie, founder of Eighth Generation, says, "Working with people like David is exciting because we like the idea of aligning with his cultural knowledge and commitment to community as much as we like making things with his beautiful art." 

In April, a film crew documented Louie's journey to David's hometown to put on one last custom shoe workshop that acts as an homage to the community work that built the foundation of what Eighth Generation is today. Get a glimpse in the trailer below, and start brainstorming titles...we have an upcoming contest to name the film where you'll have the chance to win!




2 Responses

Amy A Graham
Amy A Graham

August 16, 2018

Have a friend here in Tulsa, OK who is Tsimshian and their mother is from Metlakatla. D Boxleys work is so beautiful and intricate. Great addition to your stock.

Frances Miles
Frances Miles

July 18, 2018

Beautiful blanket…would love to buy ! We have seen David Boxleys totems, masks, and other work…it is always the utmost in beauty and class…thank you for sharing…

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

Our Highest Honor: 2018 Canoe Journey Blanket
Our Highest Honor: 2018 Canoe Journey Blanket

October 17, 2018 2 Comments

Eighth Generation is deeply honored at any chance we get to collaborate with a tribe, organization, or non-profit to create a beautiful custom wool blanket. This year, we were very proud to have been granted what is perhaps the highest honor in the Pacific Northwest - creating the blanket for this year's Tribal Canoe Journey, the 2018 Power Paddle to Puyallup. Check it out here!

Continue Reading

Eighth Generation x OXDX: Native-owned Brands Unite to Offer New Wool Blanket
Eighth Generation x OXDX: Native-owned Brands Unite to Offer New Wool Blanket

September 05, 2018

Eighth Generation has teamed up with popular Diné artist and entrepreneur, Jared Yazzie (OXDX) to bring you the "Tribute" Wool Blanket! Eighth Generation Project Manager Serene Lawrence (Anishinaabe/Hopi) says, "We couldn't be more excited to partner with Jared, an artist that's both grounded in community and shooting for the stars. Together we will highlight a fact that's lost on large companies that profit off of fake Native art - that authentic Native art, artists, and stories add value." The blanket will be among the highest profile of Eighth Generation's 45 blankets, each of which is designed by a Native artist. Check it out here!

Continue Reading

Why You Should Support Eighth Generation
Why You Should Support Eighth Generation

August 23, 2018 2 Comments

Last week, an infographic titled "Why Native People Should Stop Buying Pendleton" went viral on Facebook. As the first Native-owned company to produce wool blankets, we were asked to comment on the content of this post - which was shared at least 10,000 times - by dozens of people and even media. At Eighth Generation, it isn't our style to focus on the negative, so we declined to comment on the content. However, we thought this would be a great time to highlight the positive things we're doing that distinguish us from the competition.

Continue Reading