It all started with wedding gifts. When Erik Brodt (Anishinaabe-Ojibwe) and Amanda Bruegl (Oneida and Stockbridge-Munsee) got married, they made belts as gifts for their bridal party using buffalo hunted by Erik’s father. In 2010, that became apparel line Ginew, which now includes a range of accessories and selvedge denim coats. The couple—who each hold down day jobs as doctors—sat down to discuss family heritage, the Native American fashion exhibit currently on at the Portland Art Museum, and how their medical training serves them as fashion designers.
Audio production by Samala Coffey