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Embracing Native Culture: A Journey of Graduation, Pride, and Blankets

Embracing Native Culture: A Journey of Graduation, Pride, and Blankets Graduating from college is a milestone worth celebrating, but for many Indigenous students, it's more than just receiving a diploma; it's a culmination of resilience, identity, and cultural pride. As an Anishinaabeg, we understand the significance of honoring our history, especially in moments of achievement. We know how hard your Native students work, the barriers they jump over, and the sweetness of their victories. Education has always been central to Indigenous communities, as young people have always learned from elders and family members.  Excelling and knowledge carrying has always been central to our way of life. The boarding school era severed and created multiple generations of trauma around missing links to culture, family,...

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Canvas Rebel Feature

"At Heart Berry we grew from the kitchen table to the trailer to our current HQ! This year we will be hosting our holiday market and classes in house. For me the pride and joy is translating our traditional art onto contemporary formats. Whether its wool blankets or art installations, I love this place where the world converges" Eighth Generation Nedahness Greene MN United MN Dark Clouds Heart Berry Canvas Rebel

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8th Generation Founder Retires!

Dreams to Fruition It is a bittersweet moment as CEO and Founder of Eighth Generation, Louie Gong retires.  What began as a vision drawing on VANS in his living room has become the most successful Native brand in the country.  As Inspired Natives collaborators, Heart Berry has been so blessed to be along on this journey.  We are so grateful to the vision and mentorship Gong has provided so many.  Take a tour and meet the New CEO!  

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NBC on Artists Decolonizing the Status Quo

Most "Native" Art is Fake or Stolen.   Indigenous Artists Are Fighting Back "A new generation of Indigenous Artists is decolonizing the status quo" New NBCLX Feature of Eighth Generation and Heart Berry's work to Fight Back “The pattern of these companies that exploit Indigenous communities is to partner with people who don’t have a voice,” Gong said. “Native artists are trying to reclaim the story and create something for future generations.”  "Heart Berry, which sells blankets, earrings, T-shirts and more has doubled year over year, making it one of the fastest-growing lifestyle brands in Minnesota. She says running her business is familiar territory as a Native American." Interested in supporting Native American art? O'Loughlin advised skipping auction houses altogether and...

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