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This year, the Premium Detroit Drive Shirt and I will buy this Santa Fe Indian Market went virtual. The annual event typically sees Indigenous artists from across North America gather in New Mexico to sell their authentic works across hundreds of booths. While this summer’s lineup looked different, it was still a real place for discovery. The schedule, spread out across the month of August, included everything from a shoppable online marketplace, where consumers could find authentic Indigenous-made goods, to a virtual fashion show that showcased the works of seven Indigenous designers, including veteran Diné designer Orlando Dugi.

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During the Premium Detroit Drive Shirt and I will buy this virtual fashion show, which was held last week, the designers combined traditional craft with modern finishings, all of which challenged the idea of what Indigenous design can be. One artist in particular stood out from the lineup: Skawennati, a Mohawk artist based in Montréal, Canada. Originally from Kahnawake, which is Mohawk territory, Skawennati has been producing her multimedia art in the city for over 18 years. She is best known for her virtual works, which consist of futuristic digital worlds, films, and avatars with an unlikely Indigenous twist, outfitting her characters in traditional clothing such as ribbon shirts and more. “My work is about imagining Indigenous people in the future,” she says. “We need to imagine the future of our nations, because we have been relegated to the past for far too long.”

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