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Paquin and Carrick
Ron Paquin (master) (left) and Justin Carrick (apprentice) (right)

Carrick and Paquin
Carrick (left) and Paquin (right) inspect a birch tree.

Photos courtesy of Molly and Ron Paquin

Ron Paquin and Justin Carrick
2011 master artist and apprentice
Cheboygan (Cheboygan County)
birch bark canoes

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, and 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 2011 Ron is teaching Justin Carrick of Brimley, also a tribal member, how to build canoes. Justin has worked with birchbark before and with Ron’s guidance, wants to gain the skills and experience so that he can build canoes on his own and teach his grandchildren. Ron and Justin will begin the apprenticeship by gathering materials and constructing the canoe in Bay Mills so that other tribal members can observe and participate.

-LuAnne Kozma

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