Lauren Good Day: Showcasing Indigenous Art To The World    

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Lauren Good Day, “Good Day Woman,” is a fashion designer and multi-award-winning Arikara, Hidatsa, Blackfeet, and Plains Cree artist. She is a recognized Treaty Indian of the Sweet Grass Cree First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada, and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of the Ft. Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, USA.

She began creating Native American art at age six and is passionate about promoting and revitalizing the skills of the Indigenous community. In addition, she strives to develop new methods and incorporate new trendsetting ideas in art and design communities.

Lauren is a sought-after artist and designer who started with beadwork and Tribal regalia. She then expanded her work into quillwork, ledger drawings, rawhide parfleche, and fashion design.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe.

Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections in the United States, Canada, and around the world, including the National Museum of American Indian in Washington, DC and New York City, the Heard Guild Museum Market in Phoenix, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Plains Indian Museum in Cody, Wyoming, and the Red Cloud Heritage Center Pine Ridge. 

She received numerous First Place prizes in Tribal Arts, Traditional Arts, Cultural Arts, Diverse Arts, Beadwork, Drawings, and Textiles, and the renowned Best of Tribal Arts award for her endeavours. 

Her work has been featured in Vogue, InStyle Magazine, the New York Times, Fashion Magazine, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and many more national and international publications.

Mending The Gap

Lauren Good Day has always been a cultural artist who dressed very aesthetically Native. She made beadwork and ledger drawings that would sell for hundreds or thousands of dollars, which museums or private collectors would buy. But, in the process, she realized that she was missing a whole group of people.

Lauren found a gap between her work and the audience she was creating. So she decided to continue her artwork and make it ready to wear. Her first collection comprised a maxi dress with a full beaded pattern that she turned into fabric. People loved that dress, and she sold a crazy amount of that. Since then, she has been able to reach a larger audience. 

As she strives to grow her business, she ensures that everything she sells is appropriate and does not ever make anything sacred for sale. 

In addition, Being a Native person, she also keeps cautious that the things that she does that are heavily cultural or sacred will never be posted on social media.

She remains engaged in her people’s cultural lifeways and actively contributes to language and culture revitalization initiatives by engaging in cultural festivities, powwows, and tribal ceremonial activities. In addition, her role as a mother and woman of her tribe inspires her to preserve her people’s art for future generations.

As an established Indigenous artist, Lauren Good Day’s works are exhibited at some of the world’s most prestigious Native American juried art shows, including the Santa Fe Indian Market in Santa Fe, the Heard Guild Museum Market in Phoenix, the Autry American Indian Arts Marketplace in Los Angeles, the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market in Indianapolis, the Cherokee Indian Market in Tulsa, the Red Earth Fine Arts Festival in Oklahoma City, and the Northern Plains Indian Art Show in Sioux Falls.

Lauren resides in the rolling hills of North Dakota, her ancestral home.

Lauren Good Day is an Indigenous artist-designer striving to empower Indigenous art and tradition. To learn more about her art and initiatives, visit the website at  

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