Like any sustainable practice, making due and mending is a concept that traces back to Indigenous history. “The idea of no waste, of using something for as many purposes as possible until there’s nothing left… is a very traditional Indigenous practice. You’re showing gratitude for something that’s given,” says designer Korina Emmerich. Through her label Emme, Emmerich has been making masks using contemporary native artwork as an opportunity to preserve her culture and act as “a commentary on biological warfare and pollution destroying Indigenous lands and our health, ” according to a March 31 post on the label’s Instagram. Experts have found that Indigenous communities are disproportionately affected by climate change and air pollution, contributing to the protests against ongoing pipeline proposition and violations of land rights. Emmerich uses the masks, made of…

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