This beautiful scarf features the signature ledger artwork of Blackfeet artist and Inspired Natives Project Collaborator John Isaiah Pepion.
The buffalo was the staff of life for most Plains Indian Nations. Today the buffalo is still a central part of life, from food to ceremony. John's buffalo design pays tribute to the power and sacrifice that the buffalo continues to give.
This design was created by Louie Gong (Nooksack) after researching traditional Coast Salish weaving, and he often refers to it as a "collaboration with the ancestors."
Although many of our products are created using modern technology, it was very important to Louie that he create a design that could be replicated with traditional Salish weaving methods.
Salish art is rarely represented in contemporary textiles, and Louie is proud to help push this particular, often overlooked form to the forefront of Native art and product offerings.
This scarf features repeating tonal images of the cedar bough, an important symbol of the natural environment in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The result, like our Salish Pattern, is a timeless design that will work with a broad range clothing and accessories.
Traditionally, the cedar tree was central to Native people because they relied on it for clothing, housing, transportation and artwork.