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 and fairs, including the Portland Indigenous Marketplaces a non-profit that Indigenous Come Up founded in Portland, Oregon.

The Challenge

There are little resources available to survivors of government and tribal systems.

There is a vast void in programming and resources available to system survivors.  The harm that oppressive government and tribal systems are doing to our communities can be overwhelming, we seek to provide healing for system survivors through creativity and entrepreneurship.

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 survivors of 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 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 September 2017, after Lluvia stopped working at NAYA, they found their opportunity to see if what started as a project in a small 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 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. Learn more about Indigenous Come and the Portland Indigenous Marketplace, which is now a non-profit organization.

Covid-19 has forced a totally pivet in the operation of Indigenous Come Up and all that Lluvia and Chance had built. They participate in almost only online events as before all Indigenous Come Up’s sales were from in person events.  Indigenous Come up is now offering online sales through this website as a way to try and survive this 2020 storm.  

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 founded the non-profit Portland Indigenous Marketplaces. Eventually, we want to own and operate a art studio and housing program for survivors of government and tribal systems.

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