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After a rigorous review of over 60 submissions (which were shortlisted to 15, then further narrowed to 8 finalists), the Eighth Generation team conducted phone interviews with four amazing people (Carrielynn Victor, John Pepion, David Robert Boxley and Jared Yazzie). We loved the idea of collaborating with each of them. Nevertheless, a decision had to be made.
In the end, the power of the art and stories that were shared with us made picking a winner too difficult, and we couldn't choose just one! So, there are two winners! Yes, TWO!
Please join us in congratulating David R. Boxley (Tsimshian) and Jared Yazzie (Diné) on being co-winners of Eighth Generation's 2017 Blanket Design Contest.
David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian) grew up in the village of Metlakatla, Alaska and began learning carving from his father, renowned Tsimshian artist and culture bearer, David A. Boxley, at the age of six. He has since studied under Master Haida carver, Robert Davidson, and, after moving away for a period of time, has returned to live in his village to help in the efforts to save his people's language.
David says, "My culture is my life, my career and passion...Our art is inextricably intertwined with our culture and language. I could not see my art career continue on it’s own, while my language disappeared from the earth. As an artist it is my responsibility to accurately represent my people, our history, and our complex and beautiful culture."
Jared Yazzie (Diné) is an artist and designer based out of Chandler, Arizona. He got his start by screen-printing T-shirts and selling them out of the trunk of his car in 2009, and is now the founder and owner of the street-wear clothing brand, OxDx Clothing.
Jared says, "I have hope to pass on the stories of Native people as a way to preserve and ensure the continuation of our culture. I plan to utilize story-telling through art, graphic design, and fashion design. I want my product to be unique and fresh while always remembering tradition and ambition."
Please stay tuned as Eighth Generation works with David and Jared to develop two beautiful new blankets. As Eighth Generation grows, we promise to continue to create opportunities for cultural artists!