20 Indigenous and Native-Owned Businesses You Need to Know About
This November, we're celebrating Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Aside from learning about the rich culture, traditions and history of Native and Indigenous peoples, you can support their communities by purchasing items from Native and Indigenous-owned companies.
While many refer to Native people as Native American, the National Museum of the American Indian notes that it's best to use the individual tribal name, when possible. In the United States, Native American is the most common term, but many people prefer to use "American Indian" or "Indigenous American" instead. When in doubt, ask people what term they prefer to be called.
By buying Native, we can celebrate Native and Indigenous peoples' heritage through products that are as varied as the cultures they come from. And if you're looking for a gift that's truly unique, all of these options will fit the bill. Through the use of traditional methods and hand-sourced goods, many of these products are one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of earrings that will earn endless compliments, a bespoke hat that will elevate every outfit or a beautiful tablecloth to pass down through generations, there are plenty of Native and Indigenous-owned businesses for you to shop and support this season. And with the holidays right around the corner, these companies are a great place to start checking things off your holiday shopping list. There’s definitely something for every taste and holiday gift need.
And for the book lovers in your life, don't forget to check out our list of books by Native American authors to add to your bookshelf as well.
Support Indigenous and Native-owned companies this Native American Heritage Month and all year long with these great businesses.