By Lisa Charleyboy
I hear from many people in our community who don’t believe that anyone should be inspired by Native American culture for the purposes of fashion, but I disagree. First, I don’t think we ought to be militant about what is, after all, merely clothing. (If we’re talking about misuse of sacred symbols and artifacts, that’s different.) The beauty of our rich cultures cannot be expressed in just one way. Additionally, I think that the great interest in all things Native provides significant opportunities for our artists to appeal to a broader audience, which can ultimately lead to economic profitability and sustainability.
For more on the subject, see Ashton Kutcher Goes Native, Fashion Line with a Native Touch, and Pendleton Spreads Native Designs.
Below: "The Geometric Shield Ring by Fortune Favors the Brave is Native-inspired; the Sunburst ring by Maria Samora is Native-made. Can't we all just get along?"