Raya Kaye’s Birth Story

The Pregnancy

Since the moment I found out I was pregnant, I had every wish to experience labor unaltered and without any modern day intervention. I was drawn to the idea of letting my body do what it knows how to do, pulling from the strength of many ancestors who did the same before me. I wanted to be fully present without any mind altering medications. I wanted to be able to utilize alternative pain management techniques and I did not want to be bound to a bed. I am young and healthy and had no doubt that I would be capable of it.  Continue reading “Raya Kaye’s Birth Story”

Holiday Shopping Guide: Native Edition

The holidays are just around the corner, and some of you have probably already started shopping. I’ve compiled a list of Native owned businesses so you can buy something Native made for your special someone. If you have questions on whether it is okay to purchase/wear something as a non-native, feel free to reach out to the business owners or read their FAQ sections on their websites. Happy shopping! Continue reading “Holiday Shopping Guide: Native Edition”

Please don’t wear that Headdress on Halloween (or ever)

As Halloween approaches, some of us aren’t thinking of corn mazes and candy. We’re preparing for the day we must defend our cultures from being fetishized and mocked. We have seen it all, from the “sexy Indian” to the downright racist #NoDAPL costumes where non-native women dressed up as “dumb, jobless Indians.” (Google it if you don’t believe me.)  Continue reading “Please don’t wear that Headdress on Halloween (or ever)”