Holiday Shopping Guide 2017 – Authentic Indigenous Gifts
IATC Marketplace. Photo by Neil Zeller courtesy ITAC | Marché au CITA. Photo par Neil Zeller. Gracieuseté de l’ATAC
It is the holiday season and the perfect time of year to support Indigenous artists and family businesses by shopping for beautiful gifts. There are so many talented and amazing Indigenous artists and creators across Turtle Island – building, making, sewing and creating beautiful things for sale.
Here are some of the beautiful things on our wish list this year.
Based in Fort Smith, NWT, Aurora Heat crafts beautifully soft and luxurious hand, foot and body warmers out of sheared beaver fur that are reusable and unbelievably cozy.
The Daily Drum
Today’s drum features the image of a woman as taken from a petroglyph drawing.
The Mi'kmaq had a matriarchal society. In this society the women in the group had the greatest influence, and were deeply respected.
Have a Great Day! pic.twitter.com/LBMw7mcSKz
— Alan Syliboy (@AlanSyliboy) November 30, 2017
Alan Syliboy is an award-winning Mi’kmaq artist and painter from Nova Scotia who is influenced by traditional petroforms and imagery of his people. He is one of our favourite artists on twitter as he shares a beautiful piece of his art as the “Daily Drum” on his account.
Fully #beaded #moosehide #purse by #myrnadixon One of a kind item, that feels so good.
Fresh off their win as the Alberta Indigenous Artist/Event at the 2017 Aboriginal Tourism Awards is Calgary’s Moonstone Creations. This family-owned business showcases their own hand-made art, along with over 2 dozen other Indigenous artists through cards, clothing and bags like this one from their Facebook page.
And for something totally different, Indigo Arrows is a company owned by Destiny Seymour, an interior designer in Winnipeg who creates beautiful textiles inspired by traditional patterns and designs. Her collection of napkins, tea towels, and pillows are a hot commodity this holiday season.
These breath-taking handmade coats and mitts from Victoria’s Arctic Fashion in Iqaluit, Nunavut are definitely on our wish list too!
The Sto:lo Gift Shop is getting stocked up on all things Nations Creations .. here are just a few mugs that will be there… 🙂
Nations Creations is a social enterprise started by the Sto:lo Nation in BC to support Indigenous artists to grow and work and sells a variety of products including clothing, paintings, household, and books.
More links, by region:
British Columbia & Alberta
- The Authentic Indigenous Arts Resurgence Campaign (The “ARC”) is an Aboriginal Tourism B.C. (“AtBC”) initiative aimed at promoting and supporting authentic Indigenous artworks in the retail and wholesale marketplace and helps consumers to easily identify authentically Indigenous-made art and gifts.
- The Aboriginal Art Gallery at Skwachàys Lodge celebrates the artistic and cultural talent of Indigenous artists living and working on Vancouver’s Eastside.
- The Squamish & Lil’Wat Cultural Centre has an awesome gift shop with authentic Indigenous products for sale including locally made crafts.
- The Wanuskewin Gift Shop offers a selection of authentic, traditional and hand-crafted items.
- Fat Daug is a Métis Father-Daughter artistan team in Winnipeg who make beautiful pendants, earrings and art from antlers.
- On Manitoulin Island, the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation Gift Shop has locally made crafts, art along with tshirts, mugs and books from Ojibwe artists.
- Thunderbird Crafts Trading Post is a native crafts and supply trading post on The Chippewa’s of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation Canada.
- The LE HURON boutique at the Traditional Huron Site in Wendake, has a large variety of Eastern Canadian Indigenous art and craft objects. Over 5,000 items handcrafted by many North American Indigenous Nations are also offered.
- Located in the Membertou Heritage Park, Petroglyphs Gift Shop offers authentic locally made Mi’kmaq art and crafts, from traditional dream catchers and quality jewelry, to incredible hand made sculptures and vivid paintings. Petroglyph’s not only offers souvenirs from Cape Breton, but a piece of east coast Indigenous culture.
Across the Territories (YK, NT, NU)
- Yukon First Nations Culture & Tourism publishes a full listing of gift shops and galleries across the territory selling beautiful works on their website here.
- The Tlicho Online Store sells handmade authentic native art and crafts made by the Tłı̨chǫ, including First Nations and artists from the Northwest Territories.
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