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Introducing The NTVS
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"Canku Ota" is proud to introduce two new designs by the t-shirt company, The Ntvs

Here's what Aaron, one of the owners, had to say about the creation and reason for The Ntvs.

"I’m a very artistic person and have always had a passion for apparel design and clothing brands. Growing up, I was really into the skate/surf/snow board culture. I would use the clothes I wore as a way to express myself. As a kid I was always good at drawing so I decided to go into graphic design at The Art Institutes International Minnesota. At first we were just selling a couple t-shirts out of their stand. We soon realized that our tees were selling out fast! The demand was there so we kept printing more and more. That is when I realized that we have something here and I could turn this into a real brand, was born. I never imagined how fast we would grow."

Jordan, the marketing guru, shared further information about this young company.

"Our mission is to teach the youth the importance of embracing culture and history while building a Native Clothing brand. We do that by crafting Native apparel designs that you can be proud to wear. Modern Native American clothing and Native prints that have a deeper meaning.

Maybe it's a light hearted or funny design. Maybe it's a serious issue that needs to be addressed. We use art and streetwear mixed with our culture to create one-of-a-kind designs that embrace our Native American culture and heritage.

The NTVS was created because of our passion in the clothing and apparel industry. Most of our designs have a story.

Our team is made up of natives from several tribes. We design, print and ship everything out in house. We are also able to take custom design orders. We can create custom apparel, logos, websites, and more."

Clothing Release Inspired by Andy Payne

Andy Hartley Payne (November 16, 1907 – December 1977) was the winner of the Trans-American Footrace staged in 1928. Put together by the route 66 Association and sly promoter, Charles Pyle. The race was over 3,000 miles across the country. However, despite how grueling it was many reporters did not take the competition too seriously and fondly dubbed it the 'Bunion Race'.

That didn’t dissuade Andy Payne though with a $25,000 cash prize at stake he had an opportunity to save his family farm and provide for his family. Throughout high school it was reported Andy Payne practiced by running to school 5 miles from his family farm.

Payne, a member of the Cherokee tribe, grew up in Foyil, Oklahoma which was one of the check point towns along the route of the race. His father was a friend of Will Rogers and had worked on the ranch of the latter's family during his youth.

The footrace was organized to promote U.S. Route 66 which had recently been built as a simple, well-paved route across the country, and dubbed "the main street of America".

When the race started there were over 275 runners but by the third day over half dropped out. However, Andy Payne kept pushing forward at a formidable pace. He ran the 3,423.5 mile (5,509.6 km) route from Los Angeles to New York City, much of it along U.S. Route 66, in 573 hours, 4 minutes, 34 seconds, (23 days) averaging 6 miles per hour over an 84 day staged run.

Andy Payne was elected clerk to the supreme court in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was reelected 5 times afterwards. {PBS documentary on the Great American Race of 1928}

He died in December 1977 at the age of 70.

This particular design pays homage to Andy Hartley Payne who had the courage and perseverance to endure when others could not.

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Native Mount Rushmore Design:

Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865).[2] The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres

Mount Rushmore is controversial among Native Americans because the United States seized the area from the Lakota tribe after the Great Sioux War of 1876. The Treaty of Fort Laramie from 1868 had previously granted the Black Hills to the Lakota in perpetuity. Originally known to the Lakota Sioux as "The Six Grandfathers",[9] the mountain was renamed after Charles E. Rushmore, a prominent New York lawyer, during an expedition in 1885.

Members of the American Indian Movement led an occupation of the monument in 1971, naming it "Mount Crazy Horse". Among the participants were young activists, grandparents, children and Lakota holy man John Fire Lame Deer, who planted a prayer staff atop the mountain. Lame Deer said the staff formed a symbolic shroud over the presidents' faces "which shall remain dirty until the treaties concerning the Black Hills are fulfilled."[47]

In 2004, the first Native American superintendent of the park, Gerard Baker, was appointed. Baker has stated that he will open up more "avenues of interpretation", and that the four presidents are "only one avenue and only one focus."[48]

The Crazy Horse Memorial is being constructed elsewhere in the Black Hills to commemorate the famous Native American leader as a response to Mount Rushmore. It is intended to be larger than Mount Rushmore and has the support of Lakota chiefs; the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation has rejected offers of federal funds. However, this memorial is likewise the subject of controversy, even within the Native American community.

As you might imagine, the Mount Rushmore shirt plays on the controversy.

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