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Paul Shananaquet (l) and
George Martin(r)
Photo by LuAnne Kozma

George Martin and Paul Shananaquet
2009 master artist and apprentice
Hopkins (Allegan County)
Indian corn making

George Martin, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwa, is an experienced traditional dancer and beadworker known for sharing his culture, pow wow’ing, and cooking. He learned the tradition of Indian corn-making over fifty years from his mother-in-law, helping pound black ash logs and watching her process Indian corn and cook. Traditional corn soup is highly-valued and yet few people continue to make it the traditional way George does with preparing the corn from start to finish— harvesting the hardwood and making fires for ash, and selecting, curing, shucking, boiling, washing, drying and storing the corn. George’s apprentice is his grandson, Paul Shananaquet, also an experienced culture-bearer. Paul sees “… this tradition not being taken up by anyone my age and I feel that it is my responsibility to learn from him.”

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