Image: Carla Rogers; background: Wunan – Munya Andrews
In our last newsletter, we talked about ‘Buying Black’ for Indigenous business month. With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to put that into practice.
If you’re buying gifts this holiday season, why not see if you can buy from a certified First Nations business? We asked Evolve Co-Director Carla Rogers for her shortlist. Here’s what she had to say:
For stunning textiles, original artworks, wearable pieces and more, Saretta is the perfect place to explore. In her eye-catching designs, Wonnarua woman Saretta Fielding draws much of her inspiration from the importance of family connection and relationships.
“Saretta’s work is outstanding,” gushes Carla. “We love it so much that it appears everywhere – we wear it, we look at it, it furnishes our house, it’s on our website.”
“I had a favourite pair of Ray Ban sunglasses that I adored and got so many compliments on – only to realise years later that the artwork on them was Saretta’s!”
Somewhat ironically, the holiday season can be demanding – and sometimes, it’s nice to be able to indulge in some self-care. Who better to show you how than Mandanga, whose range of natural skincare products harnesses the wisdom of the oldest surviving culture in the world? Featuring Australian native plants and plant-based recipes, Mandanga is a 100% Indigenous-owned business. Order a native plant wellness package and make your recipient feel special – just don’t forget to order some for yourself, too!
This educational consultancy was founded by Taungurung woman Annette Sax, who noticed a need for more First Nations resources in the Early Childhood sector. The organisation offers a range of learning resources, from storybooks to dolls, which would make very thoughtful gifts for any child! Yarn Strong Sista is well worth a look for a meaningful Christmas gift that can help Australia work towards Reconciliation.
Indigo Chic’s one-of-a-kind bags and purses are crafted from 100% sustainable kangaroo leather. They feature a range of designs and styles with a heavy focus on authentic First Nations fabrics. All Aboriginal artworks are credited with the artist’s name and the story behind it, of course.
Kamilaroi and Bigambul woman Lacey Long left behind a career in Administration to start Buck Wild Country with her husband and young family. And the world is all the better for it!
The brand’s dreamy western/boho aesthetic will strike a chord with the wild at heart. Luckily with a range of clothing and accessories available for men, women and kids, there’s an option for everyone.
From yoga mats to affirmation cards, Sacred Country Collective offers a range of beautiful gifts designed to help you connect your mind, body and spirit. It’s run by Dunghutti and Yuin woman Gemma, and Kiribati and Solomon Islands man George. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit the blog, which includes pieces of wisdom including a handy primer on the importance of Acknowledgement of Country.
Dubbed ‘Grandmother’s secret,’ Gomeroi woman Deb Munson’s therapeutic beauty products have been passed down from generations of gifted healers. Featuring plant-based recipes that draw from Australian native ingredients, a gift from this Aboriginal-owned business will help your recipient feel beautiful inside and out – if you’re willing to give it away!
STEM skills and a grounding in First Nations traditions and cultures? Sign us up! Riley Callie Resources is the brainchild of Dunghutti woman and mum Debbie Hoger, who saw an opportunity to combine her love of science, technology, engineering and maths while sharing some of her rich culture. At any given time of the year, RCR’s website is a treasure trove of picture books, flash cards and more for kids aged 3-6. But with Kris Kringle-friendly notebooks, eye-catching coffee cups and other gifts, it’s also the perfect place to find something destined to put a smile on any grownup’s face.
Got some special foodies in your life? We’ve got them covered!
As the name might suggest, Brisbane-based company Game Enough has plenty on offer when it comes to native game meats – if you’re lucky enough to live locally. But interstate culinary masters have not been forgotten about, thanks to an extensive range of pantry items drawing from local ingredients and flavours. From finger lime olive oil to quandong and ginger jam, this majority Indigenous-owned business can bring unique charm to a Christmas hamper and help you zhuzh up any leftovers. There are even ready-to-gift pantry packs and stunning homewares that will place First Nations art front and centre in your recipient’s kitchen.
So, happy shopping, and remember to explore the Supply Nation online directory for other certified Indigenous businesses!