Inspired: Richard Oakes & Native American Style

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For the lack of a better term, I like how Google keeps us "woke" whether we like it or not. I don't know whose idea it was to start changing the look of Google.com everyday, giving us both new art and new knowledge, but I appreciate it m'am or sir… thanks. Today they shined light on "chief" Richard Oakes. 

Born in New York in 1942 and died (murdered) in California in 1972 at the young age of 30. Richard Oakes, A man with great presence and focus on celebrating his heritage,  is known for creating one of the first Native American studies departments in the nation, and leading an occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late 1960s. He wanted a Native Peace Corps, a national Native university, and a confederacy of Native nations able to defend and expand upon their status as free, independent nations. I hope all his dreams will still come into fruition. 

My great grandfather is Native American, so I've always been interested in the Native culture. For nearly a decade now, since my teens, I've been integrating Native prints into my style both through clothing and decor. I'm not the only one though, many American designers like Ralph Lauren consistently draw inspiration from the Native American culture. The colors, prints, and styles connect us all with these native lands so it's easy to see why it's so loved. If you'd like to add a few pieces to your wardrobe check out the selection below. Also, If you want to learn more about contemporary Native American activism, check it out via the Zinn Education Project, here

 

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