Louie's Holiday Guide to Gifts and Good People

Louie's Holiday Guide to Gifts and Good People

December 15, 2015

A few weeks ago, Eighth Generation was featured in the LA Times list of "Gifts that will Change the World."  That inspired me to curate my own gift guide based on the amazing people that supported or inspired me during my journey from an emerging Native artist who drew cultural art on shoes to becoming a leading arts entrepreneur. The main point here is that when you buy from one of the folks on this list, you can be assured that your dollars are sustaining an individual that will help nurture the next generation of emerging artists and arts entrepreneurs.

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Full force into the future: Meet Sarah Agaton Howes, Inspired Natives Project Collaborator

October 14, 2015

Although she’s much too humble to say so herself, Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe) is a force to be reckoned with. She creates beautiful, intricate beadwork art on moccasins and other products. She also runs ultra-marathons with Kwe Pack, a running group she founded to connect with other indigenous women wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes. In addition, she teaches beadwork to community members. For her art, teaching, and community organizing efforts, Howes was recently named one of the Duluth News Tribune’s “20 Under 40”. We recently spoke with Sarah to learn more about how working with Eighth Generation has influenced her business.

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Louie Gong Talks Cultural Appropriation - Modern Native Warriors, KBCS

September 05, 2015

Eighth Generation founder Louie Gong discusses the economic and cultural impact of cultural appropriation from the perspective of an arts entrepreneur. The following audio was part of "Modern Native Warriors," a series by KBCS radio station in Bellevue, Washington.

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Seattle Channel Visits Louie Gong at the Eighth Generation Studio

May 13, 2015

In his vibrant Seattle studio, artist and activist Louie Gong describes his trend-setting pathway to independence and sustainability as a cultural artist. By Kathy Touhey and Valerie Vozza for the Seattle Channel's "Art Zone".

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Become an Intern at Eighth Generation (2015)

March 31, 2015

Do you want to learn what it takes to be a full time artist? Do you want to participate in the development of highly unique products from scratch through to distribution? This is your opportunity to get exposure to ideas, networks, and processes that usually take decades to develop.

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Design Yourself: A workshop and forum for arts entrepreneurs

February 08, 2014

This free, hands-on workshop March 01, 2014 is a collaboration between Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. It highlights Louie's Mockups (www.getmockups.com) as case study for exploring critical issues in Native arts entrepreneurship...

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Paul Frank announces collaboration with Louie Gong

June 18, 2013

Last fall, Paul Frank's "Dream Catchin" racial theme party drew criticism from around the world. At the forefront of this discourse was Native American activists Adrienne Keene and Jessica Metcalfe.  Rather than write off Paul Frank as mortal enemy, the duo worked with Paul Frank representatives to parlay the controversy into a win-win opportunity...

 

 

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Surprised by the cover of Native Peoples Magazine

May 19, 2013

No one told me that I was going to be honored with the cover of Native Peoples Magazine's April 2013 issue, so you can imagine how surprised I was to wake up one morning find images of the magazine posted to my Facebook page...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Louie Gong Named to Native Max Magazines "Top 10 Most Inspirational Natives"

November 01, 2012

Eighth Generation is a fresh and distinctive company that produces original artwork in the form of shoes, prints, shirts, skateboards, hand drums and custom made items.  Founded by Louie Gong in Seatac, Washington in 2009, 8th Generation is a company whose foundation is based off of vital principles, perspectives and ideas. Gong named the company based off the inter-tribal concept of “seven generations” which as Louie states, “tells us that we should consider the consequences of our decisions seven generations into the future..

 

 

 

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"Walking Masterpieces" - A Profile of Louie Gong by Wigup TV (2011)

July 10, 2012

Filmmaker Corey Ogilvie had some cool gadgets to compliment his keen sensibilities around style and color. Although I didn’t have much art to show at the time we shot this piece, his filming and editing chops picked up the slack, and the Wigup TV project -- which will show in public schools across Canada -- turned out amazingly.

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