Raised on the Grand Traverse Band Indian Reservation award winning artist and fifth generation quill worker Monica Raphael learned the traditional woodland art using porcupine quills and birch bark from her aunt and father over thirty years ago. Quickly mastering both the flora and fauna designs for which her family was known Monica has excelled in more complex designs while combining traditional techniques with bright modern colors creating a modern twist to a timeless art form. After working over twenty years for the betterment of Indian communities in 2018 she followed her dreams focusing on her art full time. Her work is quickly becoming known for its clear intention to craftsmanship and unwavering dedication to patience.
Migizi “he carries our prayers” cuff and earring set
Cuff 7” long, 4” wide, Earrings 2” in diameter
Potawatomi Fire Flower Bolo Tie
Bolo is 3” in diameter the length is of the entire finished bolo is 48” lond end to end.
Zhawanong “from the south” Rattle/Shaker
16” long total the rattle/shaker is 3” in diameter and 4.5” long
Ginewkwe Medicine Pouch
The pouch is 5” x 7” the finished beaded rope is 48” long end to end.
Debwaywin”her berry fast”
The entire outfit is placed on a mannequin 4 feet tall.
Beadwork / Quillwork