January 15, 2020
On January 10th, Oprah Winfrey stopped by St. Paul, Minnesota, for her “2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus” tour. The goal of Oprah's tour is to encourage self-improvement and to help people be all they were meant to be. Winfrey is joining local workout groups at each stop as part of her tour, and her latest stop was with the KwePack, an incredible running group of Native American women based on the Fond du Lac Reservation near Duluth, which was started by Inspired Natives Collaborator Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe).
Inspired Natives Collaborator Sarah Agaton Howes with the Renewal Wool Blanket she designed. Photo by Ivy Vaino.
Sarah Agaton Howes, an amazing artist and entrepreneur, has been an Inspired Natives Project collaborator for nearly 4 years. In that time, she has grown from selling handmade earrings in parking lots from the back of her car to economic independence - even employing other people in her community. In addition to raising a family and managing community obligations, Sarah has also lead the KwePack for many years, participating in marathons and running with the group once a week. This bad ass group of indigenous endurance runners is what got Oprah's attention.
Oprah Winfrey walking with members of the KwePack.
The KwePack (Kwe means “woman” in Anishinaabe) is a collection of indigenous endurance athletes that run as a group - regardless of the weather. According to their Facebook page, they are running strong into their 8th year, with over 150 indigenous women runners who are mothers, sisters, community leaders, and role models. The KwePack mission is to encourage healthy and active living and empowering women to be leaders for their families and communities. In July of 2019, the KwePack was also featured on Good Morning America!
Oprah posing with KwePack members while wrapped in the Renewal Blanket.
At 4:52 in the video, while Oprah was answering interview questions, Sarah made her wildest dreams come true by wrapping Oprah in an Eighth Generation blanket that she designed. Oprah was grateful to be gifted a warm blanket!
Here Sarah wraps Oprah in the Renewal wool blanket she designed. Taken by Wendi Baldwin.
Upon receiving the blanket, Oprah let out an epic LELELELE (after being coached on how to do it right). Way to go Sarah and KwePack! Make sure to also take a look at Sarah's website and growing collection of products here.
January 16, 2020
Just beautiful. Eighth Generation keepin’ on with spreading that good energy, from locally in Seattle, to across the globe…and intersecting with some celebrities like Oprah while you’re at it. Wow!
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April 03, 2020
Eighth Generation may be a small retail business, but they love taking on big challenges. On April 3rd, the company donated over 10,000 pieces of Personal Protective Equipment to the Seattle Indian Health Board, a community health center that provides health and human services to its patients, while specializing in the care of Native people
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