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Need some last-minute stocking stuffers? Check out these awesome indigenous businesses!

  • Hoka! Coffee Company (Oglala Lakota)—coffee, mugs, apparel
  • Tanka Bars (Oglala Lakota)—Tanka bars, bites, & other snacks (made from buffalo & cranberries)
  • White Buffalo Naturals (Lakota)—teas, lotions, salves, essential oils
  • Native Harvest (Anishinaabe)—teas, maple syrup & candy, wild rice, jams & syrups, granola, hominy, coffee, mugs, books, jewelry, apparel
  • Mother Earth Essentials (Cree)—lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, facial scrubs & masks, salves, candles, body mist, teas
  • Sister Sky (Spokane)—lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and other spa products
  • Salmonberry Origins (Inupiaq)—lip balms, salves, lotions, soaps, teas, candles, essential oils & fragrances
  • ArXotica (Cup’ik)—Arctic spa products, including soaps, anti-aging serum, & potpourri
  • Salish Style (miscellaneous NW Coast)—apparel, housewares, phone accessories, stationary, toys & children’s books
  • Native Northwest (miscellaneous NW Coast)—apparel, housewares, phone accessories, stationary, toys & children’s books, jewelry
white ppl who romanticize "indian ways"

our teachings aren’t just some neat little ways for you to add to a folder to look at later for a quirky new outlook on life (that you constantly change), they’re our way of living and we are constantly working hard to reconnect with them.

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Indigenous Style Icon of the Week: Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe)

Winona LaDuke is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.

LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice. In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, LaDuke also works to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. 

In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, and in 1997 LaDuke was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award, and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. 

In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of a number of non-fiction titles including All Our Relations, The Winona LaDuke Reader, Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming, Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People and her latest, The Militarization of Indian Country. She has also penned a work of fiction, Last Standing Woman, and a children’s book, In the Sugarbush.

Outspoken, engaging, and unflaggingly dedicated to matters of ecological sustainability, Winona LaDuke is a powerful speaker who inspires her audiences to action and engagement.

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Manitoulin Anishinaabe quillwork from the collection of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, M’Chigeeng. Techniques including fancywork, tufting, and knotting.

  1. Jean Mishibinijima (detail of #5)
  2. Edna Trudeau
  3. Helen Trudeau
  4. Jean Mishibinijima (detail of #5)
  5. Jean Mishibinijima
  6. Jane Pangowish
  7. Edna Trudeau (detail of #2)
  8. Edna Trudeau
  9. Rose Williams
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CENSORED NEWS: Meet Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe) The “Water Walker” #IdleNoMore

With a copper pail of water in one hand and a staff in the other, Josephine Mandamin, an Anishabaabewe grandmother took on a sacred walk, traversing over 10,900 miles around each of the Great Lakes. She is known as a “water walker.” According to the Michigan Sea Grant, the Great Lakes shoreline is equal to almost 44% of the circumference of the earth. - Read More »

Tom Goldtooth of the Dakota people in Minnesota and a spokesperson f the Indigenous Environmental Network opened the meeting by reminding the gathering that the indigenous movement “has never been idle” in its work, a reference to the Idle No More movement. He in turn called upon Josephine Mandamin (Anishinaabekwe), an Ojibway woman also known as Grandmother Water Walker who is noted for her work to protect the Great Lakes and other waterways, to offer a prayer.

First speaking in her native language and then in English Mandamin said, “The creator gave us the duty to take care of our mother the earth the way we would take care of our own mother or grandmother.. She called women the “water carriers” and told the climate activists, “We are women are the water carriers, the life carriers. The little droplet of water is what unites us all.” She told the group, “We have come here to speak to the powers-that-be, to the corporations about the climate issues and to ask,What are you going to do about it.’ And I ask you too, ‘What are you going to do?’” Read More

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Josephine Mandamin has walked more than 17,000 kilometres to raise consciousness of Great Lakes pollution 

Q: What was the biggest challenge?

A: Our walkers were always having blisters but our feet got used to callouses after a while.

Q: Which Great Lake do you like best?

A:I think Lake Superior was the one we really respected a lot in terms of it’s majestic length and coolness of the water. It was very nice. You couldn’t swim in it because it was so cold. Lake Huron is my home water and I really have a lot of personal attachment to the water there. I’m from Manitoulin Island and Georgian Bay was pristine waters when I was there.

Q: What was your worst experience?

A: Lake Erie was a place where we were called down. On the American side, people were driving by saying ‘Crazy indians’ when we walked through Detroit, it was really scary. When we got back (over the Ambassador Bridge) to Windsor my son said ‘it’s good to be back home.’

Q: You’ve mentioned the pollution. Did anything give you reason for hope?

A:Lake Michigan is a beautiful lake and it flows into Lake Superior and there’s hope that we can still keep our waters pristine if we keep the motor boats and the gas out and get back to canoes. Where there are motorized boats, you can see the oil and gas in the water.

Grandmother attended, and did the Water Ceremony in NYC Sept., 21st 

Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk

Decolonizing parenting techniques means figuring out the kinds of citizens we want to create, the kinds of communities we want to live in, and the kinds of leaders we want to create, then tailoring our parenting and our schooling to meet the needs of our nations…We must rethink how our great leaders of the past were made.
—  Leanne Simpson, Dancing On Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence

N8V Couture is run by our friend Andy, who’s Turtle Mountain Chippewa—it’s an awesome brand supported by the likes of Tall Paul, Tito Ybarra, Cheyenne Randall, & Andrew Morrison! Please be sure to check it out, support his business, and spread the word on his fundraising campaign.

N8V Couture is not only a brand. It’s a movement to inspire dialogue, and promote self-identification and self-determination through the use of Cultural and Historically Relevant Native American Clothing. Here at N8V Couture we are challenging the stereotypes and re-imagining what it means to produce “Native American Clothing.”

At N8V Couture we understand how important Art is to Culture. With that being said, we have teamed up with Well Known Native American artists, and utilized Traditional Language, Designs, Colors, and Teachings to provide our customers with a Canvas, Covered with a Story, Disguised as a piece of Stylish Clothing.

  • Bridging the Generational Gap, as well as rural and urban locations.
  • Authentic and True
  • Promoting Traditional Language & Teachings 
  • Sweatshop Free
  • Eco Friendly
  • Community Focused and Driven
  • Native American Ran, Owned and Designed

How We Started and Why KickStarter?!

As a full time University student studying Social Justice my finances, as you can imagine, are limited. Don’t tell anyone, but for the past 2 years I have lived off of Top Ramen and Redbull, while utilizing my University Scholarship Refunds to build N8V Couture! 

We have attended Pow-Wows and Native American Community events throughout the U.S. over the past year and have received nothing but positive feedback in terms of the clothing. The interest is definitely there, we have amazing artists to work with, and our designs have been well received.

We are now looking to take N8V Couture to the Next Level. That next level entails bringing all production in-house and making sure that our inventory is large enough to supply our customer demand. To get there we’re asking for your support!

We believe it’s possible for a Native American Owned and Operated business to grow while remaining a socially responsible, independent, locally-sourced company & we are asking the KickStarter community to help us prove it

As Ojibwe people, one promise we can make to our great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents is to work to ensure that what happened to them will never happen again—not to our children nor to our children’s children. We are deeply indebted to past generations for all they have suffered so that we could be here today, still strong in our ways. We can honor their memory by the way we live.
—  Wasaa Inabidaa: We Look in All Directions, pg. 89
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WATER WE LOVE YOU - Please JOIN the Lake Winnebago Water Walk 2015 #Medicine Waters #WaterIsLife #Anishinaabe #IdleNoMore

Come join us as we walk around Lake Winnebago, April 19-26, 2015. We will begin the walk each morning at 6:00 am, take a break around 12:00 noon, and retire from walking before sunset each day. We welcome everyone to join us, but are especially looking forward to having our YOUTH participate and TRIBAL involvement as well. This lake carries so much history - the ancestral home of many… please help us tell that story!”

Walk a day, a few hours - whatever works for you. We also need help taking care of our walkers, so there are a number of ways in which you can support this walk — we need walkers, drivers, gas cards, lodging, food and water for walkers, singers, drums and more!”

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

• Walk with us and share information about this
Water Walk with your friends, family and community.
• Learn about Lake Winnebago, its history and the natural habitat that depends upon it. Learn to love this water and how to protect it.
• Support this Water Walk in other ways:
- Lodging for walkers
- Gas cards / drivers during the 7-day walk
- Food, water & snacks for walkers

Visit online at: www.waterweloveyou.com
Follow on Facebook: Lake Winnebago Water Walk 2015

Water Is Life: Especially If You Walk The Walk#WaterIsLife ! 

ATTN: INDIGENOUS ARTISTS, FILMMAKERS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, AND MEDIA ARTISTS

Submissions open until March 1, 2014

For this issue of “About Place,” the issue editor, Oneida poet Roberta J. Hill, is asking for stories, essays, poems, interviews, photos and visual art from Indigenous, marginalized and small island communities worldwide.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions can include up to 3 poems which do not exceed 50 lines each. Essays, creative nonfiction and other prose should not exceed 4000 words.  All submissions must be accompanied by a bio which does not exceed 150 words at the bottom of the submission, and which may include your website.

By submitting you guarantee you hold the rights to the work, and you grant About Place Journal the rights to publish the submitted work. After publication rights revert to the author. Original, previously unpublished work only. Only online submissions accepted.

ABOUT PLACE JOURNAL http://aboutplacejournal.org/submissions/ QUESTIONS? submissionforaboutplace@gmail.com