Explore Native – 2021 Native American Heritage Month Giveaway – Presented by Eighth Generation

Posted By Paul G October 31st, 2021 Last Updated on: November 8th, 2021

Let's celebrate Native American Heritage Month with an epic giveaway!

Explore Native is our annual challenge that will show you ways to Explore Native American Culture during Native American Heritage Month.

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

The contest is presented by Eight Generation. Learn more about our sponsor below!

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

When you enter the contest, you'll be added to a special email newsletter.  Each day during November, 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, my weekly live show, podcast and other places.  

Enter daily for more ways to win!

About Eight 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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Contest Entry Form



  • 1st Place –David Robert Boxley Limited Edition Wool Blanket
  • 2nd Place –Lightning Horse Wool Blanket
  • 3rd Place – Lightning Horse Wool Blanket
  • 4th Place – Oregon Potlatch Wool Blanket
  • 5th Place – Remembrance Wool Blanket
  • 6th Place – Reflection Wool Blanket
  • 7th Place – Confluence Wool Blanket
  • 8th Place – Honoring Friendships Wool Blanket
  • 9th Place – Coast Salish Wool Blanket
  • 10th Place – Coast Salish Wool Blanket
  • 11th Place – All Around Excellence Wool Blanket 
  • 12th Place – All Around Excellence Wool Blanket
  • 13th Place – Emergence Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler
  • 14th Place – Jingle Dress Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler
  • 15th Place – Orca Tail Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler
  • 16th Place – Whispering Blossoms Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler
  • 17th Place – Animal Relatives Demi Espresso Mug Set

David Robert Boxley Limited Edition Wool Blanket

Artist: David Robert Boxley  (Tsimshian) 

Win it before you can buy it! Eighth Generation’s newest victory in reclaiming wool blanket production is the launch of its Gold Label line of full-size wool blankets. Each limited edition blanket is signed by the artist on a special sewn gold label and packaged in a custom box. These heirloom-quality, double-weight wool blankets are designed by Native artists and machine-knit and hand-finished in their Seattle studio. In this gorgeous Northwest Coast design from his Tsimshian culture, master carver and artist David Robert Boxley has created a blanket of true beauty. 

2 – All Around Excellence Wool Blanket 

Artist: Ruth Garvin (Sac and Fox) 

This beautiful blanket by Ruth Garvin (Sac and Fox) pays tribute to the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe (Sac and Fox), a Native icon famous for winning two Olympic gold medals in the 1912 games before going on to excel in professional baseball and football. Jim Thorpe also became the NFL’s first president, and is widely considered one of the best athletes to ever live. 

2 – Coast Salish Wool Blanket

Artist: Louie Gong (Nooksack)

Coast Salish art is rarely represented in contemporary textiles, and here Louie Gong (Nooksack) has incorporated designs found in traditional Coast Salish weaving in this modern blanket. 

2 – Lightning Horse Wool Blanket

Artist: John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet) 

With a color palette inspired by the striking Montana skies, artist John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet) pays tribute to the vibrant Plains Indian horse culture in this beautiful blanket. The horses here are painted with the traditional Piikani designs they sometimes wore before a hunt or battle—circles above their eyes to make them see farther, and lightning across their bodies to run faster. 

Oregon Potlatch Wool Blanket

Artists: Shirod Younker (Coquille/Miluk Coos/Umpqua) and Tony A. Johnson (Chinook) 

In a beautiful representation of Oregon's Indigenous peoples, this blanket features nine different designs representing each of the federally recognized tribes of Oregon. The tenth design—a human figure—was added to represent all people. 

Remembrance Wool Blanket

Artist: Geo Neptune (Passamaquoddy) 

Designed by Eighth Generation’s 2019 Wool Blanket Design Contest winner Passamaquoddy Two Spirit master basket maker Geo Neptune, the colorful “tree of life” designs on this blanket represent the circle of life and the creation story. In addition, the designs are mirrored to represent the duality found within the artist themself, within nature, and within every human. 

Reflection Wool Blanket

Artist: Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo) 

A prayer for rain and reverence for life-giving water, this gorgeous blanket by Acoma Pueblo artist Michelle Lowden features striking colors and a bold, reflected design. 

Confluence Wool Blanket

Artist: David Robert Boxley (Tsimshian) 

For the Tsimshian people, humans are not separate from the natural world but merely a part of it. This bold blue and red design by Tsimshian artist David Robert Boxley represents the powerful, inexorable connection between humans and nature and honors the spirit in all living things. 

Honoring Friendships Wool Blanket

Artists: The Evergreen Longhouse in collaboration with Louie Gong (Nooksack)

Celebrating the Evergreen Longhouse’s 25th anniversary, the Honoring Friendships Wool Blanket highlights multicultural artworks found around the Evergreen State College campus, representing both Pacific Northwest and Maori designs and influences. 

Emergence Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler

Artist: John Isiah Pepion (Blackfeet) 

One wise magpie spreads its wings to fly above the huddled crowd, soaring free instead of sitting on the sidelines on this ceramic glazed tumbler.

Jingle Dress Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler

Artist: Sarah Agaton Howes (Ojibwe) 

Adorned with rows of jingling metal cones, the jingle dress was born of a time of sickness to bring the gift of healing, and represents the power of dreams and of women. 

Orca Tail Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler

Artist: Louie Gong (Nooksack)

Playful, curious, and intelligent, orcas are often seen in the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest. In a “fluke wave,” an orca lifts its massive tail out of the water in a friendly hello.

Whispering Blossoms Double Wall Ceramic Tumbler

Artist: Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo)

Desert flowers are all the more beautiful for their rarity. The Whispering Blossoms design celebrates the season’s first rain, beauty, and growth. 

Animal Relatives Demi Espresso Mug Set

Artists: Louie Gong (Nooksack), Sarah Agaton Howes (Ojibwe), Michelle Lowden (Acoma Pueblo), and John Isaiah Pepion (Blackfeet)

Each ceramic mug in this set of four features a stylized animal relative that’s important to that artist’s region. Colorful and finished with a silky-smooth glaze, these cups add cheer to any morning coffee routine.

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Eloina Salinas

Who where the winners.? I do not have Facebook

david scott mayes

i am cherokee myself I have a family member who was 1/8 cherokee by blood. her name was mahala jane jones.so that makes me 1/4 cherokee by blood,and i do have proof there is a photo of mahala on family search.org.so for anybody that wanted to call me a liar dont bother.i know that people do lie about their native american hertiage.but in my case i am telling the truth.and i can proof t hat statement.and if anyone wants to contact me personally here is my email. [email protected]ct me if you want to its up to you.thank you. scott mayes tokee

Robin Wolfe

Thank you learn so much

Rebecca Lynn

We dance to the heart beat of the land each person is telling a story with every movement

Running Doe

osiyo, love this page very much wado for sharing

Running Doe

osiyo, the blanket has such beauty, made with love wado, tslagi always come to this page, I love all things ,from here,

Lisa Satira Crowe

My ancestors are Cherokee. I was told that a new mother named her newborn according to the first thing she sees right after the birth. I was not given my name by my mother but she saw the Tennessee River flowing by her window right as I was born. Years later a Red Tail Hawk appeared to me and spoke. It said, “Your name is
Flowingwater” . So that is my name. Many babies get names from animals, birds and landscapes. Example – “Running Bear, Little Deer, Red Hawk, etc. makes sense to me.

Darlene Johnson

Good luck everyone!



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