Michele Reyes (Diné)

Michele Reyes (Diné)

February 19, 2018

Michele Reyes (Diné) is a weaver, photographer, and mother of seven. She learned traditional weaving from her grandmother as a teenager, and draws inspiration from Navajo rug designs while adding a modern edge. Based out of Utah, she is the owner and operator of Three Canoes Design along with her husband Kyle. Michele has been an Inspired Natives Project Collaborator since 2016.

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John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet Nation)

John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet Nation)

February 15, 2018

John Pepion is a Plains Indian Graphic artist from the Piikani Band of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He is based out of the Blackfeet reservation in north-central Montana, where the Rocky Mountains meet the plains. John is best known for his ledger art, an art tradition that developed in Plains tribes as the buffalo hide they traditionally used for painting became scarce, and they were forced to adapt to making artwork on the ledger paper from accounting books. He comes from a family of artists, and pictographic art has been in his family for hundreds of years.

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Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe)

Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe)

February 06, 2018

Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe artist, teacher, and community organizer from the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. Widely known for her handmade regalia and moccasins featuring Ojibwe floral designs, Sarah owns and operates her own business, House of Howes. She shares her knowledge by teaching beadwork in her community and beyond through classes and video tutorials. Sarah has been an Inspired Natives Collaborator since 2015.

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Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo)

Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo)

February 06, 2018

Michelle Lowden draws inspiration from her family's history of illustrious pottery to create beautiful hand-painted Pueblo jewelry. This careful eye shows in her intricate line work and Southwest geometric designs. Based out of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, Michelle is the owner and operator of Milo Creations. Michelle has been an Inspired Natives Collaborator since 2014 and is the first arts entrepreneur to participate in Eighth Generation's Inspired Natives Project.

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Kyle Reyes (Hawaiian)

Kyle Reyes (Hawaiian)

February 06, 2018

An Inspired Natives Collaborator since 2016, Kyle Reyes (Filipino/Hawaiian/Japanese) is a Utah-based artist and educator who works to promote and sustain opportunities for underrepresented youth and families. A proud father of seven, his urban pattern-based Polynesian art communicates powerful stories of heritage and culture. Together with his wife, Michele, he is the owner and operator of Three Canoes Design.

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Louie Gong (Nooksack)

Louie Gong (Nooksack)

February 06, 2018

Louie Gong (Nooksack) is an artist, entrepreneur, and educator best known for his groundbreaking work in the world of arts entrepreneurship. Louie founded the Seattle-based company, Eighth Generation, in 2008 as a way to sell the shoes he was customizing with cultural art on his living room floor. Now the first Native-owned company to ever produce wool blankets - with a flagship retail store in Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market - Eighth Generation is a proud participant in the global economy. Through the Inspired Natives Project, Eighth Generation creates opportunities for cultural artists who, like Louie a short 8 years ago, struggle to meet demand for their handmade cultural art. 

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