About

Eighth Generation is a Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe.  It was founded in 2008 when Louie Gong (Nooksack) — an artist, activist and educator widely known for merging traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his urban environment to make strong statements about identity — started customizing shoes in his living room. 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.

Eighth Generation provides a strong, ethical alternative to “Native-inspired” art and products through its artist-centric approach and 100% Native designed products. Our Inspired Natives Project, anchored by the tagline “Inspired Natives, not Native-inspired,” builds business capacity among cultural artists while addressing the economic impact of cultural appropriation.

Awards:
  • 2019 Small Business Empowerment Award - National Center for American Indian Economic Development
  • 2019 Top Native Entrepreneurship List - Native Business Magazine
  • 2018 Woody Crumbo Award for the Preservation and Advancement of American Indian Art - Michell Museum
  • 2016 Adeline Garcia's Community Service Award - Seattle Indian Health Board 
  • 2015 Faces of Indian Country - Indian Country Today 
  • 2015 Top 10 Inspirational Natives: Past and Present - Native Max's Magazine