This ultra plush cotton beach towel was designed by Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe) in collaboration with Eighth Generation’s Inspired Natives Project.
The "Renewal" design, which is characteristic of the woodlands floral tradition, tells the story of physical and spiritual renewal. It honors the land through representations of the wild plum flower, the water through our beloved wild rice, and healing through the dogwood flower, which is used to create traditional tobacco.
The scallop shapes on each end of the design – which are inspired by Sarah’s own hand-made regalia – symbolize the idea that humans are part of nature and that the renewal and revitalization of the land, water, sky and spirit require us to understand and practice our ancestral ways.
Designed by Louie Gong (Nooksack), this eagle merges influences from Coast Salish art and Americana tattoo style. By drawing from traditional tattoo, this eagle references the same symbolism as the American eagle - strength, leadership and freedom. However, by merging it with Coast Salish art, Louie intends to skew the eagle's meaning toward indigenous strength, leadership and freedom. In doing this, the design symbolizes the much needed update to the "American dream."
This vibrant cotton beach towel was designed by Inspired Natives Project collaborator, Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo).
The "Reflection" towel represents the prayer for rain. During monsoon season, the cisterns at Acoma become full again. It is then the people visit the cisterns to gather water for drinking. When you look down to see the cisterns full and you are met with your reflection, you can't help but smile with gratitude. It is a reminder that "water is life." The design features Acoma Pueblo abstract symbols representing mountains, clouds, and rain.
This design was created by Louie Gong (Nooksack) after researching traditional Coast Salish weaving. Although our ultra plush cotton beach towels 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.