BILLINGS, Mont. – Hundreds of people from different tribes gather at the first-ever Big Sky Indigenous Women in Fashion and Art Gala in Billings.
At Friday’s gala, 11 designers showcased their work on 90 designs to a crowd of more than 500 tribal members from across North America.
The show concluded a two-day symposium for Aboriginal entrepreneurs.
For two days, several business experts shared information on the best ways for these small business owners to run their businesses.
Cora Chandler, the event organizer, says her main goal with this event was to connect business owners with each other and strengthen the network of Indigenous women in business.
“Our biggest mission here was to really empower women to know that they’re so valuable to us in the community, and we want to celebrate their talent,” Chandler said. “We want to let them know that instead of focusing on MMIW issues which are disparities, we want to start lifting each other up by having events like these.”
Chandler says the best way to support Indigenous business owners is to get the word out about their work through social media, word of mouth and of course buying directly from Indigenous designers.