Moon of Fatness was the first piece of art Dawn created after returning home from her first Sun Dance. Although it makes no direct reference to this powerful experience, it reflects some of her excitement and expresses the strong impact it had on her art, writing, and life.
The title refers to the month of June (roughly -- the Lakota calendar is lunar), when the wild grasses grow thick and luxuriant for the buffalo to fatten themselves before winter.
The wild grasses she has carved include Indian millet, foxtail, eared brome, fescue, needlegrass, and wheatgrass. The plant on the other side is the sacred sage. The turtle represents "long life." The reddish designs, which surround the white profile silhouette of a bison's head, were created by beetle larvae who chewed tunnels into an old piece of weathered ranch fence.