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Ron Paquin and Christopher R. Paquin
2014 master artist and apprentice
Sault Ste. Marie (Chippewa County)
Anishnaabek birch bark containers

Ron Paquin is a proud member of the Sault Ste. Marie tribe of Chippewa Indians. He is known as a preserver of traditional skills and teaches others of his tribe about their heritage. His many traditional skills include storytelling, fishing lore, making birch bark containers, antler and bone carvings, knives, drums, quill boxes, beadwork, black ash baskets, and birch bark canoes. In 2003 Ron was honored with a Michigan Heritage Award, recognizing his mastery of Ojibwe traditions, especially birch bark canoe making.

Ron has served as a master artist for several apprentices in the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. Christopher R. Paquin, his grandson, has spent time assisting Ron in the collection of materials for birch bark containers, but has never created one himself. Through this apprenticeship, Christopher is excited to learn and preserve this tradition.

-Lynne Swanson and Micah Ling

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