The Fierce Heart - Mixed Media Earring

Anishinaabe artist Sarah Agaton Howes is an Inspired Native who is all about thriving - not simply surviving. This is a value that shines through in her art, including these highly unique and contemporary The Fierce Heart earrings.

This contemporary rendering of the strawberry by collaborator Sarah Agaton Howes was developed from a pencil drawing to a finalized product during her recent visit to Louie's Eighth Generation studio in Seattle.

In Ojibwemowin (the Ojibwe language), the strawberry is called Odemin or "Heart Berry". The design was inspired by a inside of a strawberry - revealed when the berry is sliced in half - and the idea that having a fierce heart beating on the inside is a more significant key to happiness than even the most beautiful exterior. The Odemin is Sarah's signature motif, and it appears frequently in her handmade regalia and moccasins.

This 2-sided, lightweight mixed media earring is made with painted maple wood over a bright acrylic backdrop. The jump ring and hook have a gun metal finish.

This product is hand-painted, machine cut, and assembled in Louie's studio in Seattle, Washington.

  • 1.75" x 1.75"
  • 24 mm x 24 mm


Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe artist, teacher, and community organizer from the Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. Widely known for her handmade regalia and moccasins featuring Ojibwe floral designs, Sarah owns and operates her own business, House of Howes. She shares her knowledge by teaching beadwork in her community and beyond through classes and video tutorials.

Sarah has been an Inspired Natives Collaborator since 2015. Thank you for supporting Inspired Natives, not "Native-inspired".

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