10 Indigenous Creatives You Should Be Following

NOV 25, 2020 updated May 6, 2021

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This Thanksgiving, Spoonflower is grateful to celebrate the history and culture of Indigenous peoples. We believe it is important to acknowledge every day that Spoonflower’s factory in Durham, NC stands on the unceded land of the Shakori and Catawba people and ships custom orders to lands of many that came before (find out which tribe(s) are Indigenous to your area and learn their history here). 

We are proud to highlight the artistry and contributions of Indigenous artists and makers. We asked Destiny Seymour, designer and owner of the home decor line, Indigo Arrows, to share Indigenous creatives you should be following and a bit more about how to best support small Indigenous-owned businesses.


Meet Destiny Seymour, Owner of Indigo Arrows

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My family history includes unconditional love, beauty, generosity, and so much humor. It also includes intergenerational trauma, colonial violence, and the loss of family connections. My parents survived the Canadian residential school system that tried to erase our culture, language, and history. My goal as an Indigenous designer is to celebrate my culture in honor of those that could not. If you are not aware of the history of the residential schools (in Canada and the U.S.), I highly encourage you to take the time to learn about them.

My parents always showed me so much love and support for my design goals. My father helps me with naming all my patterns and translating the English names into Anishinaabemowin. My designs are reviving Indigenous patterns from the land where my ancestors lived for thousands of years. My textiles have become a teaching tool for many of my customers, sharing history and a language that only previously lived in our museums. As a mother, I want my children to experience the beauty of their ancestor’s designs. Our home is filled with Indigenous textiles and art. For my daughters, this is now their ‘normal’. 

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When shopping for jewelry, textiles, or home goods this holiday season, please do some research and make sure you are buying from an Indigenous maker. With each purchase you make you are creating space for an Indigenous-owned small business. It supports the revival of traditional Indigenous crafts. It supports Indigenous families and communities. Indigenous made products have stories behind them. Each Nation and Tribe has their own cultural designs, traditional crafts, and languages. It’s important to understand how diverse Indigenous peoples are. For example, in the United States there are over 570 tribes and in Canada there are over 630 First Nation communities. Cultural appropriation is adopting (stealing) elements of these designs and claiming them as your own, particularly when non-Indigenous makers profit from the sale of Native-inspired crafts. Research the maker(s) behind the designs before buying. Thank you for supporting these small Indigenous-owned businesses. Miigwetch!


B. Yellowtail

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Bethany Yellowtail is a fashion designer based in Los Angeles, California. She is known for her work that reflects her Indigenous heritage stemming from Northern Cheyenne and Crow tribes.

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Clan Mother Goods & Apparel

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Danielle H. Morrison is the owner and Anishinaabekwe designer from the Treaty 3 Territory behind this Indigenous brand. She brings to life her vision of fashion and home goods that is based on her culture, identity and ancestors that survived generations of colonial violence.

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Jamie Gentry Designs

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Jamie Gentry is an amazing artist from Kwakwaka’wakw Nation in British Columbia, Canada. She makes traditional, custom made moccasins for modern day living. Jamie customizes each pair of moccasins in order to create meaningful connections through moccasin making.

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Caribou Connection

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Cassandra Cochrane is the creator and owner behind this Indigenous fashion and accessories brand. She is a mixed media artist of Anishinaabe and Ukranian descent, living on Rainy River First Nations in Treaty 3 territory. I love the way she mixes traditional motifs with contemporary styles.

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Patrick Hunter Art

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Patrick Hunter is a 2 spirit Ojibway artist, graphic designer, and entrepreneur from Red Lake, Ontario. He specializes in fine & digital artwork and designs from his Ojibway roots with the intent to create a broader awareness of Indigenous culture and iconography.

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Mad Aunty

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Mad Aunty is the creative project of artist Joi. T Arcand. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. Her practice includes photography, digital collage, and graphic design and is characterized by a visionary and subversive reclamation of indigenization of public spaces through the use of Cree language and syllabics.

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White Otter Design Co.

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Jaymie Campbell is from Curve Lake First Nation, Ontario and the artist and owner behind White Otter Designs. I love her use of authentic materials and traditional techniques through her beadwork creations.

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Lesley Hampton

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Lesley Hampton is an Anishinaabe and Mohawk fashion designer with an Indigenous-owned fashion brand focused on mental health awareness, body positivity, and authentic Indigenous representation.

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Aonehc Aonehc

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Chenoa Williams is a full time Indigenous/Black (Pyramid Lake Paiute) bead artist. Love her mix of contemporary and traditional designs in her beadwork.

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Bison Star Naturals

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Small family owned business by husband and wife team Angelo and Jacquelene Mchorse. Their products are made with organically, locally and naturally sourced soap, lotion and salt in Taos, New Mexico.

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  • This is nice!! I’m an Unangax designer in Seattle and have just got into print design. Happy to do business with Spoonflower! Keep it up 🙂

  • I’ve been looking for floral prints for shirts. I went to school for clothing design but never did anything with it. Now in my much later years, it’s calling to me. I also want to wear floral shirts and that is difficult to find for men. I found this fantastic site for floral prints among other wonderful designs for wear. I need not do any further searching for my clothes closet! Have a great year ahead and thank you all for your efforts!

    • We’re so glad to hear you found exactly what you are looking for! Best of luck with your wardrobe refreshes and we hope you have a great 2021 as well!

      Take care,
      Amy
      Spoonflower

  • Thank you!
    Yay you! Look at all that diversity!
    You made my day!
    No one from my 8th x grandma tribe, but you guys and your products are so gloriously gorgeous!!!
    Seeing this give me hope!

  • Thank you Spoonflower, I am indigenous to New Zealand and excited to see this collective of indigenous people with their amazing creative arts. Wow amazing so many tribes!

  • Thank you for highlighting indigenous artists. Can we see more of this throughout the year? It’s so important and the work is remarkable!

    • Hi Julia,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback and we’re so glad you enjoyed this feature. This work is important and we couldn’t agree more. We will continue to highlight artists and makers from our global community and spotlight a variety of voices. Please stay tuned to the blog and our social media channels for more!

      Take care,
      Amy
      Spoonflower

  • Thank you Spoonflower for highlighting these talented Indigenous artists! I wish more companies would have similar initiatives!

  • Awww, would have been nice to give Marlena Myles, Dakota graphic artist who uses Spoonflower as a medium for her beautiful Dakota florals, some acknowledgement!!!