This week, we tracked down a few professionals to guide us through some traditional Native accessories, clothing and jewelry. And now it's time to look at great Native-made items that easily work into anyone's wardrobe free from cultural appropriation.
These items will be right at home in your closet or are sure to make a one of a kind holiday gift.
5. Earrings by Mea B'Fly aka MaRia Bird, Navajo/Hopi Colorful and dramatic Bird's handmade, affordable earrings add a fun touch to any ensemble. Many of her designs have a photo scene and design on one side and an equally colorfully designed flip side.
The balsa wood base for the earrings makes them very light weight and although Bird hails from a small community on the western edge of the Navajo Nation and northern edge of the Hopi reservation her designs are at home in an urban environment.
4. T-shirts by Alano Edzerza, Tahltan Edzerza belongs to the Raven clan of the Tahltan Nation. "It's the art that is bringing the culture back alive," he says.
Alano says he feels a deep connection to the Tahltan creation story featuring the Raven. According to his website, ASICS and the Dutch Olympic Team contracted him to assist in designing their uniforms for the 2010 winter games.
His latest project is Edzerza Sports, a line of performance sportswear featuring his unique northwest coast styles. Edserza's silk screened T-shirts and sweatshirts are sure to stand out yet mix well into any casual wardrobe. Prices range from $28 to $85.
3. Turquoise Key Chain from the Heard Museum Shop Looking to add some turquoise to your life everyday? No need to wear it, just pick up an excellently crafted, Native made silver and turquoise key chain from the Heard Museum Shop. Let's face it -- it's probably time to upgrade your old key chain anyway.
If you're gift giving and looking for something for that hard to buy for uncle, something highly useful is always appreciated. Most of the key chains range in price from about $45 to $80.
2. Manitobah Mukluks "Aboriginally owned and operated," Manitobah Mukluks make authentic Canadian handmade mukluks, moccasins, and footwear. Many of their Métis creations feature a comfy vibram rubber sole to handle an unbran environment.
Comfy, functional and featured in Oprah Magazine, each sole features a design by a Native artist. There aren't any Arizona dealers but you can order online direct or from other popular retailers including Amazon and Nordstrom.
1. Sunglasses by Candace Halcro, Plains Cree/Métis Halcro is from Saskatchewan, Canada and her company, BrownBeaded, makes some really cool designs. Sunglasses are a necessity here in Arizona and Halcro's beaded sunglasses are affordable, one of kind, and sure to stand out.
From behind these shaded frames you can inconspicuously observe all the double takes you earn. You can pick up a pair at the Beyond Buckskin Boutique.
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