As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month and continue with the holiday season getting gifts for friends and family – lets shop at stores owned by the people from the First Nations of this land!
New Day Socks
These cute socks are a must-have! Woven by artists of the Ojibwe nation. We also love the “thank you” noted at the bottom of their product page – reminding us of the importance of purchasing from indigenous communities – not products by large corporate companies designed to look as though they are designed by people from First Nations.
(Note: This item is advertised with a non-plant-based blanket on their website.)
Not to be confused with the vegan “Beyond” brand. Beyond Buckskin does accept non-vegan products from indigenous designers. However, there are still plenty of beautiful vegan products made by First Nations artists on their site.
For First Nations of *Abya Yala Heritage Month (aka: Native American Heritage Month) and to celebrate First Nations Heritage Day on November 25th, we visited Native American World at Venice Beach!
*Abya Yala is the original name of the land called “America” by European invaders.
Native American World is a cozy charming shop with a mystical quality to it. Enchanting flute music sweeps you into its open doors. Once inside you are surrounded by interesting handmade items from First Nations in North Abya Yala (North America), Central Abya Yala (Central America), and South Abya Yala (South America).
We are happy to say the owner is from a First Nation. The staff are helpful and attentive. You are guaranteed to struggle not to purchase something from this unique store.
As we travel the coast of what is currently known as Southern California – Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and Orange County – It is important to recognize and acknowledge we are on the land of the First Nations of Abya Yala (called “America” by European invaders to their land). These First Nations are the Chumash Nation, the Tongva Nation (aka: Gabrieliño Nation), the Acjachemen Nation, and the Payómkawichum Nation (aka: Luiseño Nation). We at VEGANavigate make this video in honor of them. We believe it is important that our first video on their land and those that follow, never forget who’s land we are living on.