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I'm Louie Gong (Nooksack) and I'm the founder of Eighth Generation. I'm a self-taught artist who was raised by my grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community in northwest Washington. I got my start by painting cultural art on shoes, but realized that creating one-of-a-kind pieces did not provide a sustainable pathway to success, so I began applying my artwork to accessibly-priced products. My unique style merges traditional Coast Salish art with influences from my mixed heritage and urban environment to create work that resonates widely across communities and cultures.
Boozhoo (Hello)! My name is Sarah Agaton Howes, and I am an Anishinaabe-Ojibwe artist, teacher, and community organizer from the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. Widely known for my handmade regalia and moccasins featuring Ojibwe floral designs, I own and operate my own business, Heart Berry, to share contemporary Ojibwe art. I work to build a strong community by teaching about our cultural art, such as moccasins and beadwork, and creating tools like books and tutorials for Makers.
My name is Michelle Lowden, and I am an Acoma Pueblo artist living and working in Pueblo of Acoma (known in my Keres language as Aa’ku) in New Mexico. I draw my inspiration from my family's history of illustrious potters to create the beautiful hand-painted Pueblo jewelry I am known for. The owner and operator of Milo Creations, you can see how my careful eye and attention to detail show in the intricate line work and Southwest geometric designs of my work. Fun fact: I became Eighth Generation's first Inspired Natives™ Project Collaborator in 2014!
My name is John Isaiah Pepion, and I am a Plains Indian graphic artist from the Piikani Band of the Blackfoot Confederacy. I'm based out of the Blackfeet reservation in north-central Montana, where the Rocky Mountains meet the plains. I am best known for my ledger art, which is an art tradition that developed in Plains tribes: as the buffalo hide we traditionally used for painting became scarce, Plains people were forced to adapt by making artwork on ledger paper from accounting books. I come from a family of artists, and ledger art has been in my family for hundreds of years.
Ya'at'eeh, my name is Jared Yazzie and I am a Diné artist, designer, and entrepreneur from Holbrook, Arizona. I am the founder of OXDX Clothing, a fashion label that specializes in bold, graphic style and strong statements, with the hopes to carry on a cultural tradition of visual storytelling. I am a self taught graphic artist and screen printer and got my start selling T-shirts out the truck of my car and from my dorm room at the University of Arizona. I currently run a storefront and workspace in Tempe, Arizona. Since its inception in 2009, OXDX has been featured in articles written by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Refinery 29, the Huffington Post, and High Snobiety, as well as featured in curated exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum, Philbrook Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.