Oceti Sakowin Native Vendors Market and Fashion Show encourages Indigenous representation
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Oceti Sakowin Native Vendors Market, accompanied by an evening fashion show, drew representation from tribes all over the Great Plains.
The event lasted all day on Saturday, April 2 at the Ramkota. Vendors and their products represented a handful of tribes, from Oglala-Sioux to Cree, bringing jewelry, art, clothing and music to share.
A fashion show displayed the creations of designers that blend Indigenous and modern fashion together. For many, it’s an opportunity to market and build their authentic businesses, but also encourage cultural representation.
“I really want to influence the younger generation to get involved and to hold on to our tradition just because we’re losing it so fast,” says Rebekah Jarvey, fashion designer and show coordinator. “I feel like if I could get to their level and get them in, then they’ll be more inclined to learning about our way of life.”
Rebekah’s spring collection is titled “Being Indigenous is so Beautiful,” and she says it’s intended to encourage everyone to find and embrace their own unique gifts.