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Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Awards



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Ron Paquin and Justin Carrick
2015 master artist and apprentice
Cheboygan (Cheboygan County) and Brimley (Chippewa County)
Anishnaabek birch bark containers


Ron Paquin has served as a master artist for several apprentices in the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. He 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.  In 2013 Ron was one of twelve Native artists to receive a prestigious Artist Fellowship from the national Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

Ron and apprentice Justin Carrick have worked together informally in the past, but this apprenticeship will allow them to explore this art form in greater detail. After a 2011 canoe building project, Justin was inspired to learn this tradition more fully. He hopes that through their time together, he will be able to become a master in his own right and will be able to share his skills with others.

-Micah Ling


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