There is a product hitting the interwaves that hails from Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a red baseball cap featuring the caption: “Make America Native Again” in response to Donald Trump's campaign slogan, which states “Make America Great Again.”
The hat, produced by Bowen Creative of Albuquerque is worn in this image by Christina M. Castro on her Facebook page. Ms. Castro works as a staff facilitator for Tewa Women United's A'Gin Program: Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project. She’s also the managing editor of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute's youth publication, The Yucca Cord.
Castro calls herself, “a writer, educator, all around badass native woman!”
“You know it's interesting how Trump, a rich, white man can be blatantly racist and it's ok. When people of color have a response, we are quickly shut down. We Native American people have an increasingly powerful voice that will not be silenced!”
Photo: Cliff Matias
Ms. Castro was an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe when we featured her and her students in a previous ICTMN story.
Bowen Creative is a design company located in the Nob Hill section of Albuquerque. Vanessa Bowen, the owner, is a native woman entrepreneur and Navajo originally from Gallup, New Mexico. As an artist, web and graphic designer, she also sidelines as a DJ. Bowen Creative works with clients in the native community such as Dine’ College, Navajo Nation Museum, Warehouse 21 Youth x Youth Fest, and at-large delegate Georgene Louis, the first Pueblo Woman to serve as a state representative.
“I started production on this item two weeks ago and close friends purchased and soon it just branched out and the popularity just seems to being growing,” she told ICTMN.
These are all strong Native women making statements, empowering each other but also just living their daily lives, making America Native, again.
The “Make America Native Again” hat can be found here: http://bowencreative.co/shop.