About the Artist
Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe artist, designer, teacher, and community organizer from Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. She is widely known for her cultural art classes connecting community through art. As an Inspired Natives collaborator, Agaton Howes brings together the Ojibwe timeless tradition with contemporary design for Heart Berry.
“Transformation as an Anishinaabekwe is returning. Every move has been made to remove us from our hearts, our lands, and our breath. When we return to our ways, our language, and our ceremonies, and who we truly are we transform not into something new but into something ancient. We become that which we have grieved and raged and sobbed and longed for. A memory. We are returning because our grandmother's kept themselves safe for us. This is our work.”
About the Artwork
Bringing Back Mamahood: Pictured is a mother carrying her baby in a dikinaagan (cradleboard). Surrounded by medicine, food, and the gifts of the land she belongs to, she carries the future.