Events are being canceled and postponed worldwide to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the “People of the Earthlodge Virtual Indigenous Fashion Show” is no exception.
Originally scheduled to honor Native American Heritage Month on November 11, 2020, organizers chose to reschedule the event due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in North Dakota, with the state now reporting the highest number of newly confirmed cases in the country. literally on a daily basis. While in the planning stages, organizers practiced CDC recommendations including wearing masks, social distancing and limited attendance but, as the state’s COVID-19 cases began exploding, they realized the situation was urgent and postponed the event.
“We are deeply saddened to announce this decision to reschedule, but it was the only responsible decision,” adds Norma Baker Flying Horse, the creative owner of Red Berry Woman. “Our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by this disease and we are working non-stop to take care and protect our loved ones throughout this pandemic.”
The show was meant to debut pieces made by Red Berry Woman and worn by The Models of Native Ruckus and fashion sensation Haatepah. Other highlights included Northern Traditional World Champions Tessa Abby and Donovan Abby and D.J. Wild Horse.
Due to the unavoidable and very responsible decision, “People of the Earthlodge Fashion Show” will be held at a time when COVID-19 is under control within the state. In the meantime, One Earth United will share previews of these extraordinary designs and fashion models in forthcoming LookBooks, social media and announce the new rescheduled date as well.
“We extend special thanks to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation for serving as host for this amazing event,” she adds. “We are so grateful for their generous support.