From blankets to phone cases, this Minnesota designer creates 'Ojibwe contemporary art for all'

Sunday, December 08, 2019

There’s often a strawberry in the striking floral designs that Sarah Agaton Howes creates.

For the Anishinaabe entrepreneur, teacher and community organizer, the little red berry is a signature of sorts, a symbol of how she tries to live her life.

“It’s cute, but it has a story, you know?” said Howes, a member of the Fond du Lac Nation. “The strawberry was always this common thread throughout my work, because the word in Ojibwe for strawberry is ode’imin — ‘ode’ is your heart, and ‘min’ is a berry. We have all these stories about leading your heart way, living your heart way.”

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