Native American Fashion in the Modern World

Without a doubt, November is a time of the year I enjoy the most. December is too overwhelming and stressful, summer is nice but goes too quickly, and although spring is one of my favorite seasons, after living in the Rocky Mountains most of my life, it can be full of unpredictable weather. That’s why I tend to like November, even if it marks my impending due date for finals. While my main reason for admiring November is Thanksgiving, in recent years it has shifted. This time of year, I admire this month’s recognition of Native Americans. Currently, one of my interests includes indigenous cultures and how they exist in the modern world. Now, it seems, is a trying time for cultures amongst tense race relations, which is why I have become interested in not only respecting other cultures but seeing how fashion has empowered ethnic groups. Because of this month’s theme, I decided to do some quick research if fashion has had an impact on Native Americans. As I found, my research was anything but “quick.” Here are a few of my favorites: Continue Reading ›

November 2017 Affirmations

It’s that time of year again when scary stories come to an end and shopping lists become the priority. Committing to reading books and watching documentaries on sustainability, has unfortunately gotten me behind on my October affirmations, but that doesn’t mean I’m stopping here. Taking out moments to tune into a podcast or open a book that isn’t from my graduate school readings is beneficial to remember why I have a passion for certain ways of living, traveling, and purchasing. Because I still have some books to finish reading and documentaries to watch, I’ll be carrying some of last month’s affirmations into this month. However, the mention of shopping lists has got me thinking about what I can focus on in November. Continue Reading ›

Halloween Around the World

All holidays have certain implications, and Halloween is no exception. Most people think of costumes, parties, Trick or Treat, or tales of spooky hauntings. My memories of Halloween are usually centered around being bundled up as I ran around the neighborhood with my friend dressed as Tinkerbell. After a night full of candy gathering, I returned home and ate candy with my sister until we couldn’t fit anymore into our stomachs while we watched scary movies or ready spooky stories late into the night. Celebrating Halloween means there is always an aspect of fun attached, and as I’ve found fun is no exception in other countries. To see what I mean, here’s how a few other countries enjoy this evening in honor of the dead: Continue Reading ›

5 Lessons from Sustainability Podcasts

One thing has been adding up on my phone. It’s not the e-mails I need to respond to. It’s the number of podcasts that have added up since I started another semester at graduate school. In the past, I found podcasts as a way to stay informed and to unwind from constant textbook reading. Unfortunately, I’ve had to put podcasts on the back burner, but because of this month’s affirmations, I decided it was time to check back in with some of my favorite podcast hosts. Tuning in, I’m finding there are some ways to look at sustainability that I hadn’t considered. If you’ve seen sustainability as tree-hugging or are apprehensive that those who favor green living are judgmental, here are some of the lessons I’ve uncovered that make me think about sustainability in a different life. Continue Reading ›

The Pros and Cons of Fair Trade

When I first learned about fair trade, my initial reactions were those of admiration for an industry that sought to challenge the ways in which we consume, purchase, and create products. From the production line to the packaging to wages, it seemed fair trade had all of the answers. I’ve written about fair trade and the industry’s principles in many posts including a post for Mother’s Day. Although I still support and respect the principles, I am constantly taken back to my memories of one of my former supervisors who strongly disliked fair trade. When I asked her what the difference between fair trade and sustainable fashion was, she responded, “When you work more in the industry, you’ll see the difference and understand why fair trade may not be enough.” At the time, I didn’t quite realize the full meaning behind her statement. Why would she not support an industry that sets out to change how we manufacture and consume products? Continue Reading ›