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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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Bringing your gifts

At Heart Berry we believe in sharing our art to reinforce Ojibwe narratives and stories.  Our newest line shares the Binesi or "thunderbird", celebrating the incredible gifts all around us.  We want to call on the potential in you and encourage you to fly high and bring your gifts to the world.    We are in an era generationally of benefitting from the hard work of the generations before us.  We have the time and space to work to restore, heal, and contemplate our roles in the world.  We all have roles to play and gifts to bring. We hope you can take some time to contemplate "What role do you play in bringing goodness to the world?" "What kind...

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New Mural at Springboard!

On a steamy 98 degree day, over 24 volunteers, 4 youth hired artists, and Heart Berry’s Giizh Agaton Howes created the Mazini-Miikana (Painted Trail) a large scale mural on the Spingboard for the Arts building in St Paul.  Colorfully painted with trillium, berries, our beloved wild rice, oak leaves, and the vine that connects all covers the entrance to this dynamic artist hub. “Celebrating our beautiful foods and art with this outpouring of support really shows how powerful our art is.  Community, art, and entrepreneurship, is the heart of what Heart Berry is about” Giizh, Heart Berry Following the collaboration with Holly Young (Standing Rock) wrapping the whole building with a stunning art installation of Dakota and Ojibwe women sharing...

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We are on Native Land

Working from the Heart, Binding together Ojibwe Art with Community Organizing, a new pathway for Entrepeneurship Reporting to you live from Native land today.  As a small Native owned business, Heart Berry is also one of the fastest growing in the Midwest. But as a Native artist and CEO, I want to grow down and out, not only up.  Alongside our collaborative partner Eighth Generation we have been able to build our reach and grow from pencil drawing and custom regalia to teaching, creating art installations, and donating thousands of dollars a year to local organizations.  As Native people we often get told we are in two worlds.  As an Anishinaabekwe I reject this idea.  It pulls me in two...

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Canoe life

The canoe is the oldest form of transportation in our homelands here in the great lakes.  We have traversed the continent in our "Jiimaan"  and canoes remain a vital and enjoyable part of our good life.   "My family uses our canoe for ricing and just cruising around.  Every fall we hit the rice lakes for our beloved Manoomin.  What I love about doing design is being able to make small touches of Ojibwe style for every day." Whether a neck tie, a bag, or a lapel, the canoe pin is the perfect accessory on accessory.  

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