Back to School – Native Style – Head Back to School in Style With These Supplies!

Back to School – Native Style – Head Back to School in Style With These Supplies!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown August 20th, 2018 Last Updated on: August 27th, 2018

Summer is winding down and if your child hasn’t already started school, they will be soon!

School supplies are in every aisle of every store, but if you really want to stand out in the crowd, check out this fun list of school supplies for students of all ages.

Star Wars Backpack for Kids from Disney – $24.95

I know the kiddos love their favorite characters, so why not grab a fun backpack for back to school? You can even personalize this awesome Star Wars backpack with up to 10 characters on the strap!

Stitch Rolling Backpack from Disney – $34.95

And if Star Wars isn’t your child’s thing, they might love this Stitch backpack that rolls! Check out shop Disney for even more fun items!

Fire Colors and Turquoise Bear Paw Water Bottle from 49 Dzine – $19.67

Did you know that even being mildly dehydrated can slow your brain function up to 15%? Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do throughout the school day! The Fire Colors and Turquoise Bear Paw Water Bottle holds 13.5 ounces of liquid and is made of 100% super-strong recycled aluminum, and the design is printed with a food-grade coating that’s 100% BPA free.

There are many more designs and colors to choose from when you visit 49 Dzine! And if you shop now until the end of August, you can get free shipping with coupon code SHIP2ME upon checkout! Visit 49 Dzine for details.

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker's Story at Shumakolowa – $16.99

If there’s one thing you can count on throughout the school year, it’s the inevitable book report. Make sure you have plenty of books on hand for your child to read! This one was found at Shumakolowa and is a powerful picture book biography about a Navajo codetalker, including a timeline, a portion of the Navajo code, and beautifully captures the importance of heritage.

For more children’s books visit https://shumakolowa.com/collections/childrens-books.

Starquilt Coin Bag from NSRGNTS – $13.00

This cute coin bag from NSRGNTS would be perfect for sending little kids to school with lunch money, or for the bigger kids needing a place to stash their student IDs, cash, and other small items. Measures 3″x4″. Comes in seven more awesome designs, check them out at the NSRGNTS website!

White Fire and Turquoise All Over Large Backpack from 49 Dzine – $39.87

49 Dzine also has backpacks of all sizes for both little and big kids, making sure everyone looks cool heading to class! The backpack shown above is the White Fire and Turquoise backpack which is made from a lightweight Nylon and waterproof. Perfect for holding a laptop, books and anything else you need for class.

Visit 49 Dzine for more colors, sizes and options!


I was so excited to see this new offering from OxDx! This sketchbook is great for doodles, note-taking and more! Comes with a vibrant full-color print on both front cover and back. This sketchbook measures at 7.25″ by 10″, with 48 pages of cream colored, smooth finish 70lb acid-free blank paper.

GIFTS UPON THE WATER VESSEL TOTE BAG from Eighth Generation – $120/$150

If backpacks aren't to your liking, you might dig this cute tote bag from Eighth generation! Comes in 5 other patterns, but I chose this gorgeous b&w design from Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe). Created as an homage to the survival, migration, legends, and gifts of her people, this design features the beloved Manoomin (wild rice) and floral patterns found in her traditional bead work. The tote is made of a heavy weight cotton canvas with waxed, water resistant treatment and measures 16″ wide at base, 21″ wide at top x 14″H x 5.5″D. You can add on a leather strap for an additional amount, making this easy to carry around campus!

Native American Sampler from Native American Coffee – $16.99

If you’re anything like me, you’ll survive all those long hours of studying by drinking tons of coffee. Why not support a Native owned coffee company while you’re hard at work? The sampler includes four 2 oz. packs of their most popular coffees from around the world. Choose from the Black Wolf, Dancing Rabbit, Buffalo, Swan Blend, or Roaring Panther. Yum!

SWEET GRASS ON THE GO GIFT SET from Sister Sky – $11.00

If you’re a college student staying in the dorms, you know how small those shower facilities can be. Check out this small travel size set of sweet grass body care from Sister Sky. No lugging huge bottle of shampoo back and forth to the showers, and it just might keep your roommate from borrowing all of your stuff!

“BLANKET OF KNOWLEDGE” THROW BLANKET from Eighth Generation – $72.00

Also for the dorm room, a nice cozy blanket when you’re stuck inside reading one of your many college books. The appropriately titled Blanket of Knowledge throw was adapted by Richard Dalton III (Tlingit name is Teeykat.aa, T'adeintaan and child of Chookaneidi) from a classic 19th century Chilkat blanket design for Sealaska Heritage. Made from 100% cotton.

Original Red Power Tee from Beyond Buckskin – $28

Original Red Power Swoop Tee from Beyond Buckskin – $28

This hip t-shirt is a collab between The NTVS and Steven Paul Judd. Comes in a Men’s regular crew and Women’s Swoop t-shirt. Styling for the new year!

I hope this back to school guide was helpful! Keep these businesses in mind throughout the year as a lot of them are Native-owned. Just click on the bold links below each photo to be taken to the website to purchase. Have a great school year, study hard and make your community proud!


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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