Latest Nike Collection Celebrates Native American Communities
Nike N7 collection celebrates 10 years of supporting Native American and Aboriginal communities. Thanks to the collaboration with Pendleton, the latest designs use prints that embody the long-standing tradition of weaving rugs through looms. N7 designer Tracie Jackson honored the skills her great-grandmother (a member of the Navajo Nation’s Black Streaked Wood People clan) taught her by creating thoughtful designs with her background in graphic design.
“When I became an N7 designer, I wanted to represent people authentically,” says Jackson. “I go into small details like lines and colors. Things like colors have so much detail about why they’re there and why we choose them.”
The collection includes blankets, sneakers, sweatshirts and t-shirts all featuring the storm motif. This pattern was a favorite of Jackson’s great-grandmother and contains meaningful elements like zig-zags that represent lightning and stepped patterns signifying the Mesas of Monument Valley in AZ.
“I’m very involved in my design process. I’ve had many Indigenous runners contact me asking for an N7 version of the Pegasus shoe. And I want to be the voice of our community. As Indigenous people, our feet are in made wider and flatter, so the Pegasus is the most ideal shoe for our body when it comes to running.”
The colorful collection is available online now. You can find out more about the Fund N7 and his work, an organization committed to getting young people in Native American communities moving through sports.