10 Indigenous-Owned Home Brands to Shop Now and Forever for Home Decor and Beyond
From kayaks to baby bottles, there’s a lot many people owe to Indigenous peoples, especially when it comes to the design world. That’s why there’s no better time to shop Indigenous-owned brands than during National Native American Heritage Month in November — though once you’ve scrolled through these finds, you’ll likely want to bookmark these shops to reference long after this month ends. While it’s never okay to have cultural appropriation in your home, supporting makers and brands owned by Indigenous people can help their businesses grow, celebrate their hard work and heritage, and even help sustain Indigenous communities. From cozy blankets and colorful wall art to bold rugs and unique accessories, there’s a pick for every aesthetic and person out there. You might even want to start your holiday shopping a little early with these goods for the home and beyond.
You don’t have to live near a lake to add a touch of the water to your home. Onquata, a mother-daughter business, offers decorative paddles crafted by Wendat artisans in Wendake, an Aboriginal territory in Quebec City, Canada. Each one is hand-painted with lovely geometric shapes in bright colors, made to order, and can even be varnished to be used in the water if you’re inspired to have an aquatic adventure of your own. If not, you can certainly use one to set off a gallery wall display or hang one solo, as a pair, or as a trio over a mantel or headboard. Prices start at $85.00, and the brand also carries striking wall-mount coat racks, too.
Buy: The Aborigine Paddle, $130.00 from Onquata
2. Eighth Generation
Founded by artist and activist Louie Gong of the Nooksack tribe, Seattle-based Eighth Generation sells products designed exclusively by Indigenous people — ranging from textiles and jewelry to fine art and mugs, to name a few — true to their motto, “Inspired Natives, not Native-inspired.” On your next warm weather getaway, consider packing the Reflection Beach Towel, designed by Michelle Lowden of Acoma Pueblo. With its abstract mountains, clouds, and rain symbols, the towel represents a prayer for rain.
Buy: Reflection Beach Towel,
$49.00 $39.20 from Eighth Generation
3. Kotah Bear
Helmed by Kotah Garrett and Missy Shandiin Garrett, a Utah-based husband-and-wife team and members of the Diné Navajo tribe, Kotah Bear specializes in supporting Native American artisans through selling their wares. The couple offers a range of traditional good spanning rugs, jewelry, knives, and more and also donate a portion of their proceeds to Active American Indian Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing college scholarships to federally-recognized tribe members. Check out their selection of patterned plush blankets, which come in vibrant colors and are made of super soft polyester. They’d look lovely on a sofa or chair and are available in a range of sizes.
Buy: Trails West Throw Blanket, $39.99 from Kotah Bear
4. Edzerza Gallery
Contemporary multimedia artist Alano Edzerza is the owner of Edzerza Gallery in West Vancouver, British Columbia. The Tahltan artist works on canvas, glass, wood, and paper and aims to help other Indigenous artists become entrepreneurs as well. In addition to his artwork, he also has an apparel line. His Jade Raven and The Bear Spirit canvas perfectly exemplifies his colorful, modern twist on ancient motifs.
Buy: Jade Raven and The Bear Spirit Canvas, $400.00 from Edzerza Gallery
5. Teton Trade Cloth
A board of directors from various tribal nations across the U.S. and Canada is the guiding force behind this retailer, which works collaboratively to offer textiles that are made by and benefit the community. Specifically, Teton Trade Cloth supports nonprofits dedicated to Indigenous people through their sales of blankets and accessories. A tiny sampling of their myriad offerings, these cotton bandanas by Kira Murillo, a Shoshone-Bannock tattoo artist based in Pocatello, Idaho, have a vintage vibe, come in six colors, and would look just as good around your neck as they would framed on a wall.
Buy: Kira Murillo Bandana, $15.00 from Teton Trade Cloth
b.Yellowtail is a collective of designers that focuses on authentic indigenous design across multiple categories. Destiny Lynn Seymour is the artisan behind Indigo Arrows, the brand that made this Hand Printed Niswi Pillow. The traditional Niswi pattern was inspired by an Anishinaabe pottery style that was discovered in Southern Manitoba and dates back over 3,000 years. Each 20-inch square pillow is handmade in Winnipeg, Canada, from linen fabric with a velvet backing and would look great in any room with a soft, neutral color scheme.
Buy: Hand Printed Niswi Pillow, $98.00 from b.Yellowtail
7. n8v movement
Raised by his grandmother on the Diné Navajo reservation in New Mexico, Ricky Nelson, aka N8V ACE, is an entrepreneur, author, videographer, and rapper who promotes Indigenous language preservation and culture. His site helps spread his message/music and doubles as a retailer for a slew of apparel, accessories, and home items, including this N8V Movement Bamboo Cutting Board. The decorative side features Nelson’s signature laser-etched fist and feather design, while the other side can be used for slicing and dicing.
Buy: N8V Movement Bamboo Cutting Board, $24.00 from n8v movement
8. The NTVS
Founded by Aaron Silva of the Fond du Lac Lake Superior Chippewa and Sam Rosebear of the Red Lake Ojibwe with a mission of teaching young people the importance of embracing history while building a brand, The NTVS offers clothing, home items, and artwork that fuses pop art and streetwear references with Native culture. For an example of The NTVS style, take a look at the Pow Wow Mix Tape Rug. Indigenous artist Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa-Choctaw) collaborated with American Dakota Rugs to create this punchy design that looks like an oversized cassette tape and would be a fun addition in any living or rec room.
Buy: Pow Wow Mix Tape Rug, Starts at $150.00 for a 3-foot by 5-foot rug from The NTVS
9. Trickster Company
Siblings Rico and Crystal Worl wanted to share innovative Indigenous design with the world at large, so they founded Trickster Company. Designers themselves, the duo showcases pieces with traditional roots in a contemporary context. Focusing on Northwest Coast art, their goal is to deliver products with cultural meaning to non-Native people as a means of cultural exchange. This elegant magnet, designed by Worl, is definitely a conversation starter, even in its small size. Made from laser cut alder wood, it’s available in a bear or wolf design.
Buy: 3D Magnets, $18.00 from Trickster Company
Their name says it all: ACONAV is the blending of the two Native cultures of its founders, Loren and Valentina Aragon, of the Acoma Pueblo and Diné Navajo nation, respectively. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, the brand represents Indigenous people and their culture in the world of couture fashion. The Acoma Pueblo is renowned for its pottery across the globe, and that signature aesthetic can be found on this classic tote bag. Made from heavy cotton canvas with a poly-satin interior lining, its outer shell is custom printed with a beautiful, graphic motif.
Buy: Storm Canvas Tote, $285.00 from ACONAV