Native Arts Holiday Shopping Guide

As part of First Nations’ commitment to supporting Native-owned businesses and artists, we are honored to share some of our favorite online stores.

Here you’ll find unique gifts by artists from around the country inspired by tradition. From jewelry and notecards to coffee mugs and Native foods, there is something for everyone on your holiday list.

Eighth Generation is a Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe.

Partnering with community-based Native artists throughout the country, Eighth Generation designs, manufactures, and markets beautiful wool blankets and gifts. Through their Inspired Natives® Project, they boldly reclaim control of Native art and the stories that go with them, while building the business capacity of their artist partners.

 

Indian Pueblo Store is a retail arm of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.

A trusted destination for fine Native American art, the store is rooted in the spiritual value of art and its ability to share knowledge and beauty across cultures. Partners include both renowned, award-winning artists and emerging talent who highlight the artistic traditions and craftsmanship of the Pueblo people.

 

Indigenous First Art & Gifts is a social enterprise run by the American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) in Duluth, MN.

Indigenous First showcases a wide variety of Indigenous artists, authors, and agriculturalists. The store offers curated gift packages, jewelry, apparel, original artwork, paper prints, and more by local artisans, as well as packaged Indigenous foods like naturally harvested wild rice, maple syrup, hominy, maple sugar, Indigenous teas, jellies, and jams.

 

Sacred Circle Gifts and Art brings together a unique selection of Native American and First Nations artwork designed by local, established, and emerging artists.

The online store includes jewelry, fine art, wearable art, one-of-a-kind artisan pieces, home goods, stationery, toys, and more. In addition, 100% of the store’s proceeds go toward the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation’s programs and services that support the urban Native community in the Seattle area.

 

SweetGrass Trading Company is a subsidiary of the Ho-Chunk Trading Group, a network of companies dedicated to manufacturing and distributing premium Native American products.

This store features traditional Native American food products from across the county and handcrafted items.

 

Word Carrier Trading Post is a Native-owned and -operated bookstore.

They carry over a thousand titles by Native and non-Native authors about Native people in history and in the world today. Their in-person store Bird Cage is located in Rapid City, SD.

 

 

There are countless individual Native American artists and designers we could include on this list, however we’ve chosen to feature Native-owned stores that sell a wide diversity of products. Want to print and share our guide? Download the 2-page PDF version.

 

For an aggregated list of Native-owned businesses and artists, we recommend checking out Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe’s (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) Buy Native List.

Dr. Metcalfe holds a Ph.D. in American Indian Studies with an emphasis on art, education, and culture. Her website and business, Beyond Buckskin, is dedicated to showcasing and promoting our continent’s first artists and original designers.

Click the image above to watch Secretary Haaland’s PSA on Indian Art.

Additional Resources

The Indian Arts And Crafts Act of 1990 is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in the marketing of Indian art and craft products within the United States. Learn more about the Act at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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