Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe artist, teacher, and community organizer from Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. She is widely known for her moccasin, beadwork, and regalia classes connecting community through art. As an Inspired Natives collaborator Sarah brings together the Ojibwe timeless tradition with contemporary design to make heirloom usable art.
Sarah began learning her cultural arts as a teen from her family and community mentors. House of Howes began as custom made beadwork and regalia. As demand grew, Howes decided her community needed Makers. Her current work – which specializes in Ojibwe Floral – teaching and engaging community represents the perpetuation of that tradition.
Sarah is the recipient of several grants for spoken word performance, writing, bulrush mat research, and Ojibwe moccasin tutorials from the Jerome Foundation and the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council.
Sarah is a 20 Under 40 Award Recipient for her work in community leadership. She was the Artist in Residence for the Duluth Children's Museum and Madeline Island Museum in 2016-2017
Her work has been featured in the Duluth News Tribune, Portland Art Museum, PBS Native Report, and Indian Country today.
For the past 6 years, she has organized an Indigenous Women’s Running Group and utilizes social media to provide inspiration and support to promote wellness and health.
Sarah is honored to be involved with the Inspired Natives Project. Through this collaboration with Eighth Generation, she has developed her digital art skills, collaborated on custom projects, and expanded her research into to develop these traditional Indigenous designs into a bold and innovative line of wearable and utilitarian art.