2023 Explore Native Giveaway – Native American Heritage Month Challenge

2023 Explore Native Giveaway –  Native American Heritage Month Challenge

Welcome to the 2023 Explore Native Challenge for Native American Heritage Month.

During November, I want to challenge you to learn more about Native culture including Pow Wows, history, food, businesses, artists, and more.  

Whether you are a Pow Wow dancer, a Native American scholar, or someone interested in Native Culture, Explore Native will provide you with new ways to learn about this vibrant culture. 

Thanks to our sponsor Eighth Generation for their support!  Check out the prizes below!  

Blanket in the feature image design by Sarah Agaton Howes (Anihinaabe/Ojibwe), courtesy heartberry.com and eighthgeneration.com


  • Good Harvest Blanket
  • New Phase Blanket
  • Coast Salish Blanket
  • New Day Blanket
  • Renewal Blanket

See below for detailed information on each blanket.

The entry form below will challenge you to Explore Native Culture in new ways!

You'll be added to a special email newsletter when you enter the contest.  Each day during the contest, you'll receive an email about Native American culture.  You can collect entries by completing tasks in the entry form below.  This includes finding bonus codes that I'll post in articles on PowWows.com, on social media, on my weekly live show, on our podcast, and in other places.  

The contest is open to people in the United States and Canada.

NOTE – Due to the high cost of shipping to Canada, Canadian winners will have the option to pay for shipping or receive a gift card for the equivalent amount of the prize won.

Enter daily for more ways to win!

Earn extra bonus codes and instant win prizes in our special Spin To Win game!

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About Eighth Generation

Eighth Generation is a Seattle-based art and lifestyle brand owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe. The first Native-owned company to ever produce wool blankets, Eighth Generation now produces a line of “Gold Label” wool blankets and scarves which are made in their Seattle studio.  

Their flagship retail store in Seattle's iconic Pike Place Market is an immersive in-person shopping experience, while Eighth Generation's robust online offerings make them a proud participant in the global economy. Eighth Generation provides a strong, ethical alternative to “Native-inspired” art and products through its artist-centric approach and 100% Native-designed products. Their Inspired Natives™ Project, anchored by the tagline “Inspired Natives™, not Native-inspired,” builds business capacity among cultural artists while addressing the economic impact of cultural appropriation.

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There's Never Been a Brand like Tribally-Owned Eighth Generation


Good Harvest Blanket – Gold Label Series

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Maple leaves are turning shades of sunset to rustle in the cooling breezes, yellow squashes and orange pumpkins are fat and heavy on the vine, and the wild rice waves on long stems, ready to be knock-knock-knocked into your canoe. All summer you’ve been planting, playing, running the kids to summer camp, and spending every moment you can in the sun: you’ve been living The Good Life, and now it’s time for a Good Harvest. 

Designed by Anishinaabe/Ojibwe artist and Inspired Natives® Collaborator Sarah Agaton Howes for our Gold Label Series, our Good Harvest Throw Blanket celebrates all that we love about autumn: the spicy scents, the happy sounds, the rush of color, and the happy harvest of the goodness we gather. 

“Fall is special here,” says Sarah of her Minnesota home. “Our winters are long and can be very hard; this makes fall truly bittersweet and special. The maples’ bright orange leaves are a warming reminder that they'll be the first gift back after winter in the form of maple sugar. We relish this time of year as our last hurrah while hustling and bustling the kids to soccer, treasuring every last bit of warmth and light from the sun, and anticipating the holidays ahead.”

The deep orange of the Good Harvest Throw Blanket is a nod to the color of the season, while the design is classic Anishinaabe botanicals that take center stage in autumn. “This design is inspired by iconic Ojibwe beadwork shapes and our local plants,” shares Sarah. “This time of year, the heart berries (strawberries) have sent out their runners for next year, the thorns of the raspberry have protected the fruit, and any important medicines are harvested and preserved; squash, traditional tobacco, and our precious wild rice are being prepared for long term storage. The wrap band around the edge of the blanket’s design harkens back to our beautiful black ash baskets, used for gathering and now a true prized possession in Ojibwe country.”

Add fall color, warmth for the coming winter, and the spirit of the harvest to your living room or bedroom with our beautiful Good Harvest Throw Blanket. Machine-knit right here in our Native-owned business’ Seattle studio from 100% Merino wool, our Gold Label Series blankets are double knit (two sided), and have a luxurious, heavy weight: each blanket is made with over five pounds of wool! Our authentic Native-designed wool blankets are designed to be enjoyed by everyone, and we hope will be a treasured part of your home for years to come.

New Phase Throw Blanket – Gold Label Series

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New Phase is a story of transition. Diné (Navajo) artist Jared Yazzie has combined traditional Navajo rug weaving designs, a special feature of Navajo chief blankets, and his own fresh artistic style to create a gorgeous contemporary Native-designed wool blanket rich with layers of meaning. Our beautiful New Phase Throw Blanket is a tribute to people beginning or finishing a new phase of life.

The base of the New Phase Throw Blanket is built on traditional Navajo rug weaving elements—straight lines and color blocks. From there, Jared included the clever twist found in Navajo chief blankets: when the corners are folded inward, the central design is replicated. He also included four equal-armed cross shapes, which signify the four directions and the four sacred mountains in the Diné culture. Finally, Jared added intricate patterns and fine details, marrying traditional Navajo design with his own style. 

The side-step patterns in the design tell a story similar to that of a Navajo wedding basket: these steps often symbolize mountains, or the ups and downs of life, and how both of those create a journey. Jared’s signature diagonal patterns are found on the sides of the blanket design. The entire design is created in 100% Merino wool in a neutral palette that instantly elevates any interior. 

“These vibrant Native-made wool blankets tell a powerful story of Native excellence. We hope each Gold Label blanket will carry that important message into people's homes,” says Louie Gong (Nooksack), Eighth Generation's founder. 

New Day Blanket

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Weaving is an important part of Ojibwe culture, with beautiful graphic designs showing up in fingerweaving, loom beadwork, and cedar mats. Artist Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe/Ojibwe) was inspired by the designs and colors of her people’s historic beadwork to create our New Day Wool Blanket. 

In subtle blues and warm creams, Sarah has brought forward the Native practice of making the everyday beautiful in this wool blanket. “We have always loved to adorn our lives with the practical and beautiful,” shares Sarah. “This blanket elevates a practical item—a blanket—with an elegant design I hope shares beauty and warmth with Native and non-Native people alike.” 

The idea of creating a modern design based on historic weaving techniques and patterns has special significance for Sarah. “As Native people, we weave together the traditional and the modern with our way of doing business, with our values, with our arts, and with our many different ways of life. This blanket proudly carries forward our weaving tradition in a modern way.”

Coast Salish Blanket

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Featured on the cover of British Vogue in October 2023 with actors Lily Gladstone (Blackfeet) and Leonardo DiCaprio and photographed by Craig McDean (directed by Edward Enninful)!

This design was created by Louie Gong (Nooksack) after researching traditional Coast Salish weaving. He often refers to the pattern as a “collaboration with the ancestors,” as it was created after researching traditional Coast Salish weaving. Although many of our products are created using modern technology, it was crucial to Louie he create a design that could be replicated with traditional Coast Salish weaving methods.

Coast Salish art is rarely represented in contemporary textiles, and Louie is proud to help push this particular, often overlooked form to the forefront of Native art and product offerings.

Renewal Blanket

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This 100% wool blanket was designed by Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe) in collaboration with Eighth Generation’s Inspired Natives™ Project.  

The “Renewal” design, which is characteristic of the woodlands floral tradition, tells the story of physical and spiritual renewal. It honors the land through representations of the wild plum flower, the water through our beloved wild rice, and healing through the dogwood flower, which is used to create traditional tobacco. 

The scallop shapes on each end of the design – which are inspired by Sarah’s own hand-made regalia – symbolize the idea that humans are part of nature and that the renewal and revitalization of the land, water, sky and spirit require us to understand and practice our ancestral ways.

Explore Native Challenge

Bonus Code – 2033935

Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Paul G

28 Comments on “2023 Explore Native Giveaway – Native American Heritage Month Challenge”

  • Avatar for Ru shu

    Ru shu


    We love the Ribbons wool blanket by Jamie Okuma. It is a treasure for our family. Thank you

  • Avatar for Sheryl



    I wanted to post this article to show appreciation to the Navajo tribe. I was in South Dakota for the 2023 PowWow and stayed in South Dakota for a month. It’s absolutely beautiful and such a clean state. Beautiful people.
    Received a heart felt gesture tonight. I went to see the new movie Killers of the Flower moon. As I pull up to the movie theater I think oh man I’m never going to get a seat. The parking lot was full. So much so people were parking in the grass and gravel lot. Something I’d never seen there before. Anyways, something kept urging me to park and go inside. I listen to my gut and get inside..ask about the movie and sure enough the attendant told me the movie was sold out, but here’s a free ticket. To my astonishment I chuckled and said wait no you’re playing. First time anything like that has happened to me. And guess who payed for it..The Osage Nation(which the movie is about their people in Oklahoma). I’d like to thank them and hope to pay it forward soon. I’m curious to see what they have in the works for the land just across the road from the theater. This was in Camdenton Missouri….

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      That’s awesome! Glad you got to see it!

  • Avatar for Lynne Summit

    Lynne Summit


    Is anyone having trouble with half page

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      What kind of issue are you having?

  • Avatar for Douglas Newman

    Douglas Newman


    Dnew544@yahoo.com I am Intreseted in finding of how much if I quiifiy as an native american

  • Avatar for janie merlo

    janie merlo


    I have a friend that is Native American he introduced me to the pow wow’s I enjoyed so much. He told me about his people his cultures and his ways taught me to beads on leather I love to attend another powwow and may see him again I lost touch with him. Thank you

  • Avatar for Eligasi Alex Butler

    Eligasi Alex Butler


    I really love this site. It’s the only one that I can find the state and local powwows as well as contact into to buy items for my regalia. Thanks for all of the hard work you do!! Wado! Eligasi

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      Thank you! I really appreciate hearing from you!

  • Avatar for Sheryl



    Beautiful blankets. I have 2 BONUS codes but it will not let me enter them…. Is it only one per day?

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      Thanks for entering the PowWows.com contest.

      You can enter multiple codes, but only use each code 1 time.

      To see which codes you have credit for, click on “Your Entries” at the top of the entry. This will list out all the ways you have earned entries.

      If you are having trouble with a code, send me a screenshot of the “Your Entries” information with the code you are trying to use.

      Thanks and good luck!

      Paul G

      • Avatar for Sheryl



        Thanks for replying, I was trying to use a code for the last give away. It was me not reading correctly.

        • Avatar for Paul G

          Paul G


          Ahh, got it!

          Good luck finding new codes!

  • Avatar for MBonello



    Can someone tell me the leader of a tribe in Minnesota either Ojibwe or Dakota?

  • Avatar for Robin D Mittelstaedt

    Robin D Mittelstaedt


    I want to be part of the Eighth Generation Giveaway, but can never find the link when you send an email to me about it.

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      The Explore Native Challenge hasn’t started yet.

  • Avatar for Geneva Cecil

    Geneva Cecil


    Where is the form?

    • Avatar for Paul G

      Paul G


      It will open on 10/15.

      • Avatar for Joscelyn Pierce

        Joscelyn Pierce



        • Avatar for Paul G

          Paul G


          If you don’t see it, try a different browser.

  • Avatar for Kristan Joy Leegstra

    Kristan Joy Leegstra


    Beautiful designs. Great information.

  • Avatar for Ralph Dixon

    Ralph Dixon


    Did you no that the original name of San Antonio Texas is El Centro Del Norte….???… because Mexico City was to far to help out tribes in both northern and southern parts of the country.and the natives ask for a new center in San Antonio to be it . that was at the time a major watering hole and spring ……

  • Avatar for Lcwilson



    So glad I found this website. I was born and raised in Arizona but I’m a Creek Indian. I remember a child going to many pow wows and I enjoyed them so much. I’ve moved to North Carolina and was searching for pow wows to attend and came across this website. I enjoy all the information listed along with a listing of the scheduled pow wows.

    Thanks so much

  • Avatar for Shirley LeBeau

    Shirley LeBeau


    I’m blond and I was raised on the Salish-Kootenai Reservation in Montana and have always had a special affinity for Native Americans and their ways. I was married for a time to the son of an Elder from the Cheyenne River Souix. I still have and cherish a belt made from the horns of a deer by an Indian for me.

  • Avatar for Dennis Westrick

    Dennis Westrick


    Wonderful site to learn about Indian culture!

    • Avatar for Sondra &allen eisenpress

      Sondra &allen eisenpress


      i WAS STATIONED AT ELLSWORTH afb IN THE 1we are a family of jewish & adoptited hunkapapa soiux, thru my son who is a pure blooded souix from rapid city S.D. DURING THE KOREAN CONFLICTi WAS ASSIGHED THIERE AS A COOK AND ATTENDED MANY POW WOWS. i TRULY MISS THE DRUMMING & DANCING.

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