November is Native American History Month, so we’ve compiled an inTENtionalist of Native American-owned businesses to support this month and every month.
Dave Giltner, John Nesbitt, and Cameron Boldin, owners of Bauformat Seattle, want to provide the finest options for your projects when you’re looking for quality, high-end performance, and beauty in your home. Their Seattle showroom displays beautiful kitchens, baths, and closet spaces of innovative yet timeless products with a modern aesthetic. The Bauformat team will take the time to discuss which look will fit best in your home. Ultimately, you’ll find Bauformat means higher quality, extraordinary variety, and better lead times.
Hillel Echo-Hawk is an Indigenous chef, caterer, speaker, and owner of Birch Basket. In both her catering services and private chef services at Birch Basket, Hillel’s menus consist of pre-colonial, Indigenous ingredients, paired with both traditional and modern techniques and the stories of the people and the land that the food tells. Hillel is dedicated to the food sovereignty of Native peoples and believes strongly that food should not only feed the body, but the spirit of the entire community.
Nestled into Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market and owned by the Snoqualmie Tribe, Eighth Generation is a strong, ethical alternative to “Native-inspired” art through its artist-centric approach and 100% Native designed products from wool blankets to jewelry.
Indian Summer is so much more than a vintage store. Owner Adria Garcia has created a community space that truly welcomes all, and has an awesome, fairly-priced, vintage find for everyone. Adria donates 20% of all profits to charity, and hosts community meals and events to celebrate and come together in community.
Alberto Morales is passionate about two things: food and family. José’s Taqueria, named after his son and his brother, José, serves traditional Mexican food, with a Peruvian twist. Having worked in a diverse array of restaurants, Alberto can cook Italian, French, German, English, Peruvian and Mexican food, but he’s originally of Incan descent from Peru! Alberto has worked with chefs from all around the world, and honed his cooking skills alongside some of the best. His personal favorite tacos are the steak ranchero and the tilapia, but you’ll have to try them for yourself.
Bonus: Alberto is happy to make any of his dishes vegetarian!
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Growing up, Deanna Teasley would practice haircuts on her Barbies. Fast forward, Deanna has been a hair professional for the last 20 years and continues to impress her community with talent and compassion. At her shop, Lawtiwa Barbersalon she welcomes folx of all identities, specializing in all types of hair cuts, colors, and textures. The shop is an active ally of the LGBTQIA community and seeks to promote diversity.
Fun fact: Deanna won 2nd place in the Battle of the Blades Ladybarber competition in 2019!
Chef Jeremy Thunderbird saw a glaring lack of Native American cuisine in the Seattle food scene, so he opened pop-up and catering business Native Soul Cuisine. Jeremy’s business started as a temporary pop-up plate sale, but then he started getting catering requests. Now, Native Soul Cuisine provides catering for a range of events, from private dinners to corporate events. While Jeremy will make whatever food is requested, he uses Native American staples and likes to incorporate the food he grew up with like smoked salmon and fry bread.
OHM Electrical Contracting is your full service electrical contractor in Seattle. Owner Alfred Sim and his team are specialists in renewable energy and provide residential, commercial, industrial, and consulting services. Alfred said growing up half Native American, he feels a duty to work for a better environment and quality of life through technology that works in harmony with nature. OHM Electrical Contracting happily serves the entire greater Seattle area, from Everett to Tacoma and as far East as Sammamish.
Ballard, Magnolia, and SeaTac
Owned by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation, The Sacred Circle Gift Shop is home to a curated collection of Native made, designed, and conceptualized goods. The shop is themed around historical and contemporary indigenous activism, and carries a range of items including clothing, organic beauty products, skateboards, children’s books, jewelry, and more. The Sacred Circle Gift Shop also hosts monthly arts events. The gallery also features Native made art, like the Magnolia location.
Capitol Hill and Queen Anne
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If you’ve had authentic Neapolitan pizza, you know just how crave-worthy it is. Unlike pizzerias that claim to make the “real thing,” Via Tribunali always uses their wood-burning brick oven, imported directly from maples and bricks made from the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius. Via Tribunali is owned by the same pair who own Seattle’s Off The Rez, Mark McConnell and Cecilia Rikard. Stop in to relax and enjoy a delicious bottle of wine and traditional margherita pizza!