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Ron Paquin (l) and Cecil Pavlat, Sr. (r)
Photo by LuAnne Kozma

Ron Paquin and Cecil Pavlat, Sr.
2009 master artist and apprentice
Sault Ste. Marie (Chippewa County)
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. He is teaching Cecil Pavlat Sr., also an active member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, how to make birch bark containers. Cecil, having apprenticed with Ron in canoe building, hopes to restore and preserve these traditions with his own family and tribe.

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