Owned and operated by Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk), Polish, Irish mother, artist, doula and teacher, Jodi Lynn Maracle in Buffalo, NY, La Petite Sauvagesse brings contemporary Haudenosaunee designs to Native and non-Native peoples in the forms of home goods, accessories, clothing, hand-made woven textiles, innovative screen print designs as well as beadwork and mixed media formats. La Petite Sauvagesse serves as the site through which Jodi Lynn Maracle disseminates her passion for sharing contemporary Haudenosaunee material culture while adhering to an ethic of sustainability, centring, our impacts on Creation and future generations. Jodi is currently working on a series for La Petite Sauvagesse based on Haudenosaunee place names in Western New York and Southern Ontario to help engage Native and non-Native people with our responsibilities to our shared spaces, places and lands.
Working with Ts'Kwe Makers Atelier, Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator and IKEA Etobicoke has allowed me to not only develop my technical skills, such as sewing with an industrial machine, but allowed me the opportunity to witness the inner workings of business partnerships - the conversations, the considerations, the complications. It's been an eye opening experience to be a part of an incredible pilot project with so many amazing Indigenous women entrepreneurs, spending each day using our talents to produce this collection, but also learning from one anothers experiences.