Introducing Every Day Indigenous, our series centering and celebrating Indigenous people. Through strength and resistance, comes joy. It’s time to share that.
From Michelle Chubb (@indigenous_baddie on TikTok) showing off her handmade jingle dresses while rocking her own beaded Chanel logo earrings, to Star Blanket First Nation designer Kaleigh Starblanket’s gorgeous beaded geometric earrings, which were worn and posted about by country songstress Kacey Musgraves, Indigenous designers and artisans are flourishing, both on social media and IRL.
If you’re worried about wearing Indigenous beadwork, fashion, or hanging up Indigenous art in your home, you’re not alone. But there’s no need to worry, because what matters is who you’re purchasing from. In other words, you can wear beaded earrings, snuggle up at home in some moccasins or hang Indigenous art in your living room, just make sure you’re only purchasing from Indigenous designers. This ensures that artists and communities are supported for their work, not profited off of. So, do your research, and make sure you’re buying from appropriate sources and not a cheesy gift shop in Vancouver’s Gastown.
Here, Refinery29 is spotlighting 11 Indigenous designers and artists from the West Coast to the East Coast whose work is making this country — and our homes, ears, shoe game, and skincare routines — more beautiful. Support them today, this month, and every day.
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