Imagine sitting in a low canoe, your oar parting the blue water of a Minnesota lake while stalks of yellow-green wild rice wave in a rustling tunnel overhead and schools of walleye swim beneath you. Being out on the land, celebrating the water that gives you life, the plants and animals that sustain your family, and the beautiful world that we nurture and protect, you’re living what the Anishinaabe people know as mino bimaadiziiwin—“the good life.”
Designed by Anishinaabe/Ojibwe artist Sarah Agaton Howes, The Good Life Gold Label Throw Blanket celebrates that special connection we have to the earth and our sacred duty to protect her if we are to continue living the good life.
“For the Anishinaabe people, when we signed our treaty in 1854, the language specifically says that we reserve our right to our good life,” says Sarah. “That means we kept our right to food sovereignty. We kept our water rights. We kept the fundamental right to go out on the land, to feed our families with the bounty Mother Earth shares with her children. We kept the right to use our canoes, to be surrounded by wild rice, to celebrate the water, and protect our place in this beautiful gift that is the world.”
On a lake of navy blue picked out in shades of brighter blue and white, our Good Life wool blanket features traditional symbols mingling with modern design in a blanket that shares a love of water, a call to defend food sovereignty rights and traditions, and a message of love for our planet. At the center rests a canoe—“one of the oldest and most versatile forms of transportation,” says Sarah, and an object “central to the traditions of the Anishinaabe.” Swimming in from the sides of the blanket are walleye, but they should be wary—traditional fish spears lurk within the design. Throughout the blanket, wild rice—a staple of Anishinaabe life—waves in tall stalks.
Our Good Life wool blanket is expertly crafted right here in our Seattle studio from the highest-quality Merino wool. The stunning design is perfect for a cabin or lake house, adding a touch of dramatic color and unique storytelling to any décor. Perfect for anyone who loves to fish or is passionate about food sovereignty rights, cultural cuisine, and sharing heritage with generations to come.
Our Gold Label blankets are double knit (two sided), and have a luxurious, heavy weight. Each blanket is made with over five pounds of wool! Our authentic Native-designed wool blankets are designed to be enjoyed by everyone.
- Made in the Eighth Generation studio in Seattle, Washington
- Fabric Content: 100% Merino wool
Blanket Size: 64 in x 69 in / 162.5 cm x 175.26 cm (size is approximate and may vary by a few inches in either direction due to the nature of the knit)
- Colors include dark blue, royal blue, and white
“These vibrant Native-made wool blankets tell a powerful story that expands on the outdated narratives around resilience and captures the idea of Native excellence. We hope each Gold Label blanket will carry that important message into people's homes,” says Louie Gong, Eighth Generation Founder.
Our Gold Label blankets are true keepsakes, with an heirloom-quality weight and materials that will allow this blanket, with proper care, to be enjoyed for generations.
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- Spot clean only. If needed, hand wash and air dry. Lay flat to dry away from direct sunlight.
- Clean liquid stains immediately with warm water and mild detergent
- Never use harsh chemicals or scrub wool
- Steam to de-wrinkle
- Store blanket away from direct sunlight