Ronald J. Paquin Migizi Doodem Mookodaasowinini (Eagle Clan Carver) (906) 322-4259 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron is an elder of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a self-taught artist. His specialty is crafting traditional full sized birch bark canoes and has constructed over 30, but also makes model canoes, black ash baskets, birch bark containers, antler carvings, knives, porcupine quill boxes, dreamcatchers and jewelry. He also carves white tail, moose, elk and reindeer antlers, often using the eagle as a design – Ron is of the Eagle Clan. Ron uses all natural materials, most of which he gathers himself – birch bark, cedar bark, red willow, diamond willow, sweetgrass, basswood, and spruce roots.
He has been awarded ten Michigan State University Master Artist Grants, and received an Art Serve Michigan grant to teach birch bark canoe making to tribal adults and youth. Ron believes that passing on his skills and traditional art forms is important; among numerous other workshops throughout Michigan, he has taught birch bark canoe making at Pictured Rocks Natural Lakeshore, the Feast of the Strawberry Moon in Grand Haven, and the Les Cheneaux Boat Building School in Cedarville, and enjoys regularly teaching a variety of traditional art forms to students at the JKL Bahweting Anishinabe School and the Sault Tribe Culture Camp. He has served as an artist in residence under several other grants and programs and has received numerous awards and honors around the state.
Ron has co-authored his autobiography, “Not the First in Nobody’s Heart – the Life Story of a Contemporary Chippewa” and lectures about his book at schools and book clubs. He has also recently published a DVD and accompanying booklet showing his canoe making techniques. Ron has a wife, Molly, son, Christopher, and two grandsons whom he hopes to teach birch bark canoe making when they are old enough. He enjoys hunting, fishing, antiquing and nature when not working on his art or teaching.
His work is available directly from him, at art shows, at various gift shops and galleries. Wholesale inquiries are welcome and birch bark canoes are for sale.
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