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Sovereignty and Native Excellence

Here at Heart Berry, this small business on the Rez, we are committed to Sovereignty.  Sovereignty of our community, our culture, our economy, our bodies, and our futures.  We love to utilize our cultural art and our space here with you to build that sovereignty.  With the power of your support and collaboration of the MN Wonderwall our give backs to the ICWA Law Center and Wakan Tipi donated over $16,000! Just imagine what is possible! At a recent awards ceremony I was inspired to create a scholarship for Native students seeking education past high school.  We have so much power to create space that supports our young native scholars and build a future more independent, more sovereign, than we...

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It's all about the plants!

Our Ojibwe florals come from the world we are surrounded by.  They are a reminder of the foods, medicines, and beauty meant for our good life.  When I first started beading I did what a lot of beaders do which is look at beadwork for ideas. But as I began to dig deeper and spend more time outside I could see the whole world is a beader's Pinterest board.   Drawing and art can be intimidating because like so many other people, I thought I had to be able to draw European portraiture to be an artist. But when we look at our cultural art as representative, as inheritance, and as the beautiful messaging it us we know we can all...

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Lessons of the Berry

As we all continue to learn and grow we were thrilled to be invited to share about the cultural teachings of the ode'imin or heart berry with the Fond du Lac Public Health Program. We invited our Auntie Roxanne Delille as she taught us so much about the lessons of the Heart.  It's rare and beautiful to be able to gather across generations with our teachers and babies.  Auntie Roxanne shared about her teachings of the strawberry and Giizh shared about how these have impacted the work of Heart Berry. Taking the time to identify a plant we feel a reciprocity and connection to we took time to create our own original piece of art. In our fast paced lives...

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NEW YORK TIMES -AGAIN??

I said what I meant and meant what I said, when the New York Times calls, I am 100 percent dead. But really though.  As the flag saga comes to a feverish climax, the NYT wanted to know my thoughts about the final flag. If I'm honest, I am glad it's over.  But my agenda from the start was BECAUSE these images are powerful I wanted to be involved in transforming the visual narrative of our state.   As a Native person, my thoughts on these images are controversial on a layer of the existing controversy. The flag story was one of the most talked about in 2023 according to MPR.  Being wrapped up in it was the wildest ride...

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