Migizi Newsong a.k.a Mark Schafer
Migizi is Ojibwe and an Elder member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan where he serves on the health board. He's an author, flute maker, mountain dulcimer maker, woodworker, and stone carver. He also works with bone, antler, leather, beads, and various materials found in nature. Migizi's (Mark's) tribal number is oo3693.
Ken is First Nations Ojibwe/Potowatomi, Walpole Island, Canada. Turtle Clan. He's a hunter, trapper, hunting guide, former tribal administrator, decorated Vietnam Veteran, and active member of the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Warrior's Society. Ken is pretty much a full time artist at this point. He creates a hefty variety of jewelry and accessories. Painting, bead work, and leather work are among his various talents. Ken is a light-hearted soul with a warrior's streak of fierceness. He's the kind of man who'll have your back and is equally eager to make you smile. Kens Canadian Tribal registration number is 1700085401.
Josh and Sarah
We met these nice folk at a Powwow in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. We include them here as temporary featured artists until they get their own business up and running. They are keeping the long-held traditional art form of basket making alive and well by not only creating and selling beautiful baskets but by also doing workshops to teach others. They learned from elders the way to harvest materials "in the good way" and still do so using traditional methods. Josh Homminga is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indians and Sarah is a member of Bay Mills Indian Community (Ojibwe). You can contact them directly at www.facebook.com/fromlogtobasket