Hope Two Hearts | Cansayapi Otumwe – Lower Sioux Indian Community at Morton, MN


Nape Duta Win
Red Hand Woman

Tribal Nation

Cansayapi Otumwe
Lower Sioux Indian Community at Morton, MN


The road Hope Two Hearts traveled was not always easy. She chose to walk her journey in a good way, a sacred way. There was not always encouragement along the way, but she stayed the course. She learned and carried out the duties of service. Hope cooked, cleaned, and sat in ceremony. Sometimes, she heard words that were blessed.

As she finds herself a mother of six and a grandmother, Hope worries she is losing songs and ceremonies, things she wants to pass on to her family and the women of her community. She wants women to have their connection with the Creator. Hope has much to share. She has devoted her life to passing on the Dakota culture, spirituality, and lifeways of her people, the Lower Sioux Indian Community of Morton, Minnesota. Hope is one of the only elder quill workers, and she is intent on passing on the ancient art. She knows there is strength and belonging in knowing who you are and your gifts.

Hope’s children and grandchildren started learning their ways at a young age. She is pleased with how much they know and continues to share the beauty and strength of their people with them. Hope’s daughters walk the path beside her with prayers and energy. She appreciates their helping hands. They have learned about the responsibilities of womanhood.

When she was younger, Hope was called Washapi Wachi Anpi Win—Strong, Dependable Woman. After a fast, she was given the new name Nape Duta Win—Red Hand Woman. Her name refers to handling the sacred red paint. She tells us that in her people’s ways, a name is so important. “When you talk to the spirit and Creator, your Indian name defines who you are.” Hope is helping others know who they are.