About Indigenous Come Up
We are indigenous owned and operated since 2018, we sell online and at local Powwows and fairs, including the Portland Indigenous Marketplaces a non-profit that Indigenous Come Up founded in Oregon.
Retail Cultural Misrepresentation and Appropriation
Buying indigenous made and designed products by indigenous owned businesses is a challenge because of the relentless cultural misrepresentation and appropriation of the retail industry and a worlwide history of indigenous cultural suppression.
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 survivors of government and tribal systems.
Business owner Lluvia was born in the sacred valley of the Incas in Calca, Peru. Arts and culture were always a part of Lluvia’s life as both of her parents are artists and jewelers. Lluvia grew up in marketplaces from Peru to Canada in her youth.
Later in life while working as a Foster Care Support Specialist at the Native American youth and Family Center (NAYA), 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, a talented artist named Chance was one of the most involved youth in the Foster Care Craft booth program. Lluvia lead the craft booth to meaningful success. This is how Lluvia and Chance began a discussion on finding opportunities to sell the youth’s crafts and jewelry while strengthening their communities.
In April 2018, Lluvia formed the business as Indigenous Come Up LLC, with Chance as her Co-Founder and contracted artist.
In the past few years, Indigenous Come Up printed shirts, hoodies and other logo merchandise, introduced Jingle Earrings and Block Art Prints. Also in the first year of business Indigenous Come Up began to organize and then founded the Portland Indigenous Marketplaces a local non-profit.
Covid-19 has forced a total pivot in the operation of Indigenous Come Up and all that had been built. Pre-Covid all of Indigenous Come Up’s sales were from in person events. Some of Indigenous Come Up’s products are now available online through this website. Your support is greatly appreciated.
About Our Logo
Our logo is of special importance to us and we share its meaning whenever we can. Lluvia is indigenous to Peru, with Andean/Inca heritage – represented by the Condor. The Eagle is the larger bird representing the Native American community.
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.