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Indigenous communities are experiencing alarming rates of missing and murdered women, girls, and LGBTQ2S individuals throughout the United States and Canada.
MMIW – an acronym that stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women – is used to bring the thousands of missing person cases to the forefront. Most cases go largely unnoticed outside tribal communities and the justice system has been of little help to the victims and their loved ones.
In homage to an ongoing issue close to our hearts, the women of Eighth Generation collaborated to bring forth the “Sacred Sisters” Special Edition Silk Scarf. The stunning design was created by Navajo artist and former staff member, Starr Warner (Diné).
Eighth Generation supports the work of ending violence against Native womxn and children. To do our part, 100% of the proceeds from the “Sacred Sisters” Silk Scarf will be donated to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, (NIWRC). The NIWRC is a Native-led nonprofit organization that provides national leadership in ending gender-based violence in tribal communities. NIWRC has also graciously offered a one-year and two-year subscription to their Restoration magazine in partnership with Eighth Generation. Learn more about the NIWRC and their vital work by visiting their website here.
Artist Starr Warner (Diné) is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan) and Tódich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan) of the Navajo Nation.
“I wanted this design for the 'Sacred Sisters' scarf to encapsulate the strength and beauty of Native women,” Star says. “In my culture, Lightning represents a powerful force of nature, and there would be no better way to describe our fellow Native Women.”
Star also incorporated the Navajo snowflake design to symbolize the dreary winters and dismal time for the MMIW and their loved ones. The design is intended to encompass the community’s sorrow, bless all future generations with teachings and bring forth happiness and beauty.