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News interview with Agaton Howes about using our cultural arts to fight isolation in isolation

Miigwech to KBJR News for interviewing Heart Berry Owner and Artist Agaton Howes about utilizing our cultural arts in isolation.   Click here to watch the interview:

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Passing on the little we know

Strange thing about being an Indigenous person in this middle part of life, we are now (rightfully so) expected to carry forward the gifts we are given.  The work of our generation is largely one of revitalization, recovery, and carrying on.   Today I held tiny hands and danced.  We shared dance stories, styles, songs, and our laughter with 150 headstart students today.  Its hard at this age to know what they hold onto.  What always stays though is the way the heart feels.  Not everyone is a dancer but we all have things that need to be shaken off.  This is the gift of our way of life.  We have the surface and we have all that lays beneath.  And...

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A Year of Makizinikewin

There is a moment when people are learning to be makers... They have struggled through their design, learning how to bead, poking themselves, and they've had every emotion from anger to hope.  There is a moment when they get to flip their moccasin around right side out.  This is the moment when the maker becomes their grandmother.  When they realize they are this beautiful.  I get to be a part of these moments over and over.  This is my greatest joy. 2017 has been an incredible year from Moccasin makers.  In the ongoing effort to build Makers, i was fortunate to teach Makizinikewin in four different communities teaching over 130 makers this year alone. Here are just a few highlights...

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