In Which I Nominate Myself To Be The Native Oprah and make my list of favorite things OR Buy Native This Holiday Season
It's that time of the year. Oprah is pushing many expensive things pretending they aren't that expensive and telling me I should buy them because what's $160? (My car registration that's due Oprah. CAR REGISTRATION) Each and every year I promise that I am going to reign supreme as the Native Oprah and make my own list of favorite things... but each and every year I have just gone ahead and not told anyone else because it's none of their business what I am probably buying other people as their gifts.
This year though, I'm getting on top of it. Mostly because it's important to #BuyNative and not just #AtTarget Native, or #AtAnthropologie Native or #AtWalmart Native, but instead Native, from Native artists who are doing wonderful and amazing things. So you want to get some Native things and impress your friends this holiday season? Here are some of my favorite things (hint hint to my BFF and my #SupaHupas and my #HoChunk and of course... the Husband).
Buy this shirt
Supports a good cause too. If you've never listened to Metis In Space then you should. Like right now. Go there and then come back. It'll be a while. I'll wait. http://www.indianandcowboy.com/metis-in-space/
Welcome back. Okay. Now buy their shirt.
This art work
This painted tile by artist Loren Lavine.
She's from Hoopa. That means she's cool.
There are so many other things on her Etsy site right now. You can buy any one of those and then send her a note and say "send it to Cutcha!" and she will! #ThankYouInAdvance
This book https://heydaybooks.com/book/a-is-for-acorn/
You have a baby? Buy it! Read it to them!
You have children? Buy it! Give it to your child. Tell them to get inspired.
You have no children? Buy it! Put it in your bathroom. Remind people what life was like before iPhones when we didn't just keep watching our TV shows while we were pooping.
This magazine subscription
While you're at it. Give the gift that keeps on giving. A subscription to News from Native California.
Then all year someone will be reminded how much you love them.
So much you gave them News from Native California. https://heydaybooks.com/news-from-native-california/
One time my BFF and I found a Cleveland Indians shirt at a garage sale. She took it home and then put a big black sharpie marker over the logo. Because #NoThanks
Now it's time for you to get on the bandwagon. #NotYourMascot
So buy this shirt: http://shop.beyondbuckskin.com/product/dechief-raglan
This hat right here.
My cousin made it.
It's an awesome hat.
I have a pair kind of like them. They are really cute. And when you wear them they make this really nice sound.
Also, wearing Native jewelry is important.
Also important to learn something this Holiday season.
Always be learning.
And this book (though I haven't read it... yet) is HIGH on my list. Sarah Deer is a Native woman who won a freaking Genius Grant cause she's a genius.
This collection of Indigenous comics. That's right, comics that are Indigenous.
An Indigenous comics collection? A collection of Indigenous comics?
A comic collection of Indigenous comics?
"So I really like comics but I can't find any Indigenous ones."
"I bought you a book."
Because we're all going to be in line soon waiting to get in to our screening and figure out WHERE THE HELL IS LUKE?! #LukeTruther
What better way to show your #StarWars love then with this awesome shirt. You know R2D2 was Native because he was a trickster with the best sense of humor and pretty much was like "Chill Luke. We'll just go blow up the Death Star, gimme a minute." http://oxdx.storenvy.com/products/14580765-r2dine2-mens-charcoal-crew
And this snuggling blanket...
Admittedly one of the more expensive things on this list because a girl can dream. http://eighthgeneration.com/products/salish-pattern-blanket
These blankets are wool and awesome and Native made. So if you were wondering "where can I find an awesome blanket that isn't just Native inspired but actually from a Native company" here you go!
Now, what if you want to take this blanket it and make it in to a really awesome coat that Cutcha can wear when she's up late at ceremony? Sure. That works too.
Oh man, I really want this blanket. Cold nights, awesome blanket... some peppermint tea and Metis in Space!
Cutcha Risling Baldy is an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University. She received her PhD in Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. She is also a writer, mother, fan of "The Good Wife" and "The Walking Dead", who likes to go for long walks on long piers...
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