Chatting with Marie Flaherty, owner of Native in Scituate

Meet Marie Flaherty, owner of Native in Scituate

What do you specialize in at Native?

I specialize in handmade fair-trade folk art, textiles and jewelry, including Native American.

How much of your merchandise is fair trade?

All items are fair trade by buying direct from the artist or in partnership with a fair trade organization. Many items are purchased in remote areas when I’ve traveled to New Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Guatemala and other countries. Many artists and artisans I buy from don’t have a way to sell their work unless you visit their workshop/home. I also, represent a few artists to other shops and businesses around the country.

What kind of events/workshops do you have planned for the coming months?

On October 20 and 27, in celebration of Dias de los Muertos, we’ll be offering sugar skull decorating. Sugar skulls are pre-made of sugar and meringue power. Visitors can decorate the skulls with royal icing, sequins, feathers and flowers. There is no need to sign up in advance and there is a nominal material fee of $5 per skull. We will also be hosting a sugar skull decorating workshop at The Mill Wharf in Scituate on Oct 28. The fee of $5 goes to help pay for Halloween in the Harbor.

On November 2, Scituate Harbor Business Association will be hosting its First Friday Nights and we are hosting artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico, Ventura and Norberto Fabián. They will be demonstration wood carving and painting of Alebrijes (brightly colored folk art sculptures). There is also a trunk show sale with their carvings and a workshop that people can sign up for. The demos and trunk show are free. To purchase tickets for the workshop, visit

Front Street, Scituate

Top Products

Skeleton Zapotec Freedom Fighter. This skeleton is from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Turquoise Jewelry. These Native American rings are made of turquoise stone and sterling silver.

Amor Eterno (Eternal Love). This retablo was made in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The box frame is metal and brightly painted with a glass door that opens to the clay figures.

Tribal Masks.These wooden masks and sculptures are made by tribes in West Africa and Papua New Guinea.

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