We started with nothing. Now we are

Indigenous Come Up

About Indigenous Come Up

We sell Indigenous made and designed art, crafts and jewelry at local Powwows, fairs, including the Portland Indigenous Marketplaces that we organize in Portland, Oregon.

The Challenge

There are little-to-no resources available to young adults who have survived government and tribal systems.

There is a vast void in programming and resources available to struggling young adults. But these challenges are significantly increased for those that have survived government and tribal systems. We believe the solutions should be significantly increased, as well.

Our Mission

In honor of Pachacutek (the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor), we provide and promote inspiring opportunities to support healing, economic independence and community sufficiency for young adults who have survived government and tribal systems.

Our Story

In 2013 Lluvia was working as an intern at The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), where she first met Chance. Two years later, while working as a Foster Care Support Specialist, Lluvia started the Foster Care Craft Booth, where youth enrolled in the program would make crafts, then sell their wares through the booth at local Powwows and other Native-specific events.

Over the years, Chance was one of the most involved youth in the Foster Care Craft booth.  Lluvia and Chance continued to talk about finding opportunities to sell the youth’s crafts and jewelry while strengthening their communities.

In September 2017, after Lluvia stopped working at NAYA, they found their opportunity to see if what started as a program could be built into a business. Lluvia and Chance acquired a vending space at NAYA’s annual Neerchokikoo Powwow.

Since then they have continued to grow into a start-up business. In April 2018, Lluvia formed the business as Indigenous Come Up LLC, with Chance as her Co-Founder and contracted artist.  

In less than a year, Indigenous Come Up printed shirts, hoodies, introduced Jingle Earrings and Block Art Prints. Also in the first year of business Indigenous Come Up began to organize and host the Portland Indigenous Marketplaces.  There is a complete list of dates for our Portland Indigenous Marketplaces in our Marketplace page

About Our Logo

Our logo is of special importance to us and we share its meaning whenever we can. Chance is a tribally enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs – represented by the Eagle. Lluvia is indigenous to Peru, with Andean/Inca heritage – represented by the Condor.

Pachacutek – the prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor – came from the Q’ero people of Peru over 500 years ago. Pachacutek calls for a time when the indigenous people of the south and the north, represented by the Eagle and the Condor, will share knowledge and return to our roots and our cultures.

In our logo art, you see each of these birds represented. On top is the Condor, and below is the Eagle. The art work is inspired by the breathtaking and mind-blowing Nazca Lines of Nazca, Peru.

For Indigenous Come Up, the time for Pachacutek is now. We are preparing, and healing, for a world without systems that do more harm than good.

Our Dreams

We have big dreams at Indigenous Come Up! We are organizing the local Portland Indigenous Marketplaces. Eventually, we want to own and operate a housing program for young adults who have survived government and tribal systems.

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