We want our logo to communicate competence and quality to an often-upscale demographic, but it must also communicate the earthy, natural origin of the Lakota Sioux and of our products. Our product materials are mostly organic: shell, bone, leather, beads.
I am envisioning a clean, simple design, possibly even one-color. But I'm not locked into that totally. If you have other ideas, present them; I'll give regular feedback.
IMPORTANT: The perfect design would center on a simple graphic with other design elements in the background or periphery. The simple graphic would be used as a "coin" or "tab" that could become a metal "tag" on our products. The full logo design would be used in print and packaging; the core graphic would be incorporated into our products.
The company name, "Native Life Designs" or initials (NLD) could be part of the design, but not necessarily.
Earth tones are important. Significant symbols which might be a part of the design include the Feather, the Eagle, the Buffalo, and "sweet grass" or a simple, straight prairie grass.
The winning designer could also be hired later for designing displays for our products.
Get a sense of our culture by browsing our website: http://www.LakotaLife.org.
If you're really motivated to understand our culture, rent the movies, "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee" (historical) and "Smoke Signals" (current culture).