Louie Gong’s rural upbringing in a house with no running water is a stark contrast with his current business success. How did this Coast Salish artist who got his start by drawing on shoes become the owner of the fastest growing Native-owned company in the United States or Canada?
Join us for a rare opportunity to meet Louie as he shares his current business, as well as the journey that got him here. This event will include a tour of the space, a viewing of an unreleased short film featuring the Eighth Generation story, and the opportunity for a Q&A with Louie.
Located in the iconic Pike Place Market, Eighth Generation is a Native-owned and operated company founded in 2008 by Louie Gong (Nooksack). Eighth Generation began when Louie, an artist, activist, and educator widely known for merging traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his urban environment to make strong statements about identity, started customizing shoes on his living room floor. Today, the Eighth Generation line includes the work of numerous artists and is the only Native-owned company to produce wool blankets. The company provides a strong, ethical alternative to “Native-inspired” art and products through its artist-centric approach and 100% Native designed products. Eighth Generation’s 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.
- We will meet at the entrance of the Eighth Generation flagship store in the Pike Place Market. To find the space, look for the neon hummingbird sign above the gum wall.
- The store is ADA accessible via the entrance to the Atrium on 1st Ave - the door is located right across from the Showbox. Straight ahead when you walk in the door is an elevator, and Eighth Generation is located on the level below the entrance level.
- A portion of your ticket price will be donated to the Inspired Natives Project.
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