The Native Perspective Missing from Design
“Is this by an Inspired Native or is this Native-inspired? That’s what corporations call the products they're creating with fake Native art.” - Louie Gong, Eighth Generation
During this year's festival, April Baer of OPB's State of Wonder, in partnership with Portland State University’s Native American Student and Community Center, brought together six Native panelists for a conversation about their work.
"As often as Native and Native-influenced imagery turns up in apparel, graphic design, product design and elsewhere, there’s a chronic dearth of Native designers or influencers involved in the creative process. We’re talking with a constellation of Native designers and makers to unpack the systems that made these images possible, and discuss more equitable products."
– OPB State of Wonder
- Caroline Blechert (Inuit): Creations for Continuity
- Louie Gong (Nooksack): Eighth Generation
- Whitney Minthorn (Umatilla / Nez Perce): Whitney Minthorn Photography
- Neebinnaukzhik Southall (Ojibwa): Neebin Studios
- Lacey Trujillo (Diné): Lacey Trujillo Design
- Asa Wright (Klamath/Modoc): Asa Wright Design
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