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She-Shuggia (Blue Huron Crane)
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Image of Debra Ann Pine

Debra Ann Pine was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and graduated from Sault Ste. Marie High School in 1986. First, second, and third place awards in the drawing category of the Institute of American Indian Arts National High School Art competition led to a scholarship at the institute. After receiving an associate's degree in three-dimensional art and the institute's prestigious Helen Hardin Memorial Award upon graduation, she returned to Sault Ste. Marie. In November 1993, Pine was selected by the U. S. military to represent the United States in Europe during Native American Month. She toured Germany, Belgium, and Austria with other Native American artists and dancers.

Because Pine comes from a family that actively maintains Ojibway cultural traditions, it is no surprise that her art draws on her Indian heritage. Traditional Woodland Indian themes, floral bead-work patterns, pictograph images, subjects from Ojibway mythology, and her experiences with everyday and ceremonial life form the basis for her designs. Her work relies on the indigenous metals--silver and copper-- of her home in the Lake Superior basin. These influences merge with her professional training and awareness of international design, resulting in one-of-a-kind jewelry creations.

Pine continues to be involved in a variety of traditional and modern spheres of activity: she participates as a dancer in regional pow wows and, as a maker of fine jewelry, is represented by six galleries in the Great Lakes area.

Artist's work

Image of Silver Ornament by Debra Ann PineObject measurements and display specifications:

Debra Ann Pine
Silver Ornament, 1994
Men's bolo tie of braided and fringed deerskin, ornament in sterling silver
22 1/2" x 5/8"
Sisters of the Great Lakes Collection
MSU Museum 7594.2

Objects held in wall mounted case: length = 24 inches; height = 26 inches; interior depth = 4 inches. Case mounts on split batten or hang bar. Barrette, necklace and earrings are secured on wall of jewelry case by coated wire mounts which are permanently fitted into case. Silver ornament is mounted in back of jewelry case with covered metal hooks. Hooks are permanently fixed within case.