Heart Berry hosts First People’s Friday Market in Cloquet
Heart Berry is hosting their First People’s Friday Market every Friday and Saturday leading up to Christmas day. This year, the event is at their new location in downtown Cloquet, which will feature several various indigenous vendors.
Sarah Agaton Howes, the owner of Heart Berry says the First People’s Friday Market showcases Native American artwork, clothing, and more.
“We’re making Native art for everybody to be able to appreciate and enjoy and be a part of your life,” Agaton Howes said. “If people are worried about ‘Can I have that or can I use that as a Non-Native person?’, we want people to know that we want everybody to be able to have access to native art and the things that we’re selling are for everyone.”
Agaton Howes also said supporting local indigenous artists and businesses is instrumental to appreciating Native American culture.
“Any small business, whenever you spend money on a small business, your dollar goes for there,” Agaton Howes said. “We’re employing people, using local vendors for our work. And so their dollar just cycles right back into the community.”
Tyler Buck, the owner of Auntie and Uncle’s Snack Shack food truck, said its important to support indigenous owned businesses. Their food truck will be at the First People’s Friday Market tomorrow Saturday from 10am-6pm.
“They can get our pork chops on a stick we got our Mexican street corn, we got walleye tacos,” Buck said. “We usually travel around, but we do a lot of powwows. We do a Hinkley powwow, and we did the Fond Du Lac powwow last year.”