February 06, 2018
Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe artist, teacher, and community organizer from Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. Widely known for her handmade regalia and moccasins featuring Ojibwe floral designs, which are in demand across Minnesota and Wisconsin, Sarah is the second arts entrepreneur to participate in Eighth Generation's Inspired Natives Project.
Sarah started creating art as a teen with guidance from her mother. Later, when she expressed interest in traditional dance, she learned to bead from her brother so she could make her own traditional regalia. Her current work – which specializes in Ojibwe Floral – represents the perpetuation of that tradition.
An experienced teacher with a foundation in anti-racism and community-based social change work, Sarah frequently shares her knowledge and experience with bead work, making moccasins and creating regalia in her community and beyond. Sarah is also a published poet and spoken word performer. In 2013, she received the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Artist Grant through which she made a bilingual YouTube Ojibwe Pucker Toe Moccasin Tutorials.
Sarah's "Renewal" wool blanket
Sarah currently organizes an Indigenous Women’s Running Group and utilizes social media to provide inspiration and support to promote wellness and health. She has coordinated many 5K/10K/15K events across the reservation, including the largest group of indigenous women to ever run the Superior Endurance 25K Trail Race.
Sarah's Medicine Dress Phone Case
Sarah is honored to be involved with the Inspired Natives Project. Through this collaboration with Eighth Generation, she hopes to help bring our traditional Indigenous designs into a bold and innovative line of wearable and utilitarian art.
View Sarah's growing number of Eighth Generation products here.
February 19, 2018
Michele Reyes (Diné) is a weaver, photographer, and mother of seven. She learned traditional weaving from her grandmother as a teenager, and draws inspiration from Navajo rug designs while adding a modern edge. Based out of Utah, she is the owner and operator of Three Canoes Design along with her husband Kyle. Michele has been an Inspired Natives Project Collaborator since 2016.
View Michele's growing number of Eighth Generation products here.
February 15, 2018
John Pepion is a Plains Indian Graphic artist from the Piikani Band of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He is based out of the Blackfeet reservation in north-central Montana, where the Rocky Mountains meet the plains. John is best known for his ledger art, an art tradition that developed in Plains tribes as the buffalo hide they traditionally used for painting became scarce, and they were forced to adapt to making artwork on the ledger paper from accounting books. He comes from a family of artists, and pictographic art has been in his family for hundreds of years.
View John's growing number of Eighth Generation products here.
February 06, 2018
Michelle Lowden draws inspiration from her family's history of illustrious pottery to create beautiful hand-painted Pueblo jewelry. This careful eye shows in her intricate line work and Southwest geometric designs. Based out of Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, Michelle is the owner and operator of Milo Creations. Michelle has been an Inspired Natives Collaborator since 2014 and is the first arts entrepreneur to participate in Eighth Generation's Inspired Natives Project.
View Michelle's growing number of Eighth Generation products here.
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