Monica J. Raphael

  • Anishinaabe
  • Sicangu Lakota
  • Jewelry
  • Diverse Arts
  • Beadwork / Quillwork

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.

Sample of Work

Migizi “he carries our prayers” cuff and earring set

Migizi “he carries our prayers” cuff and earring set

Cuff 7” long, 4” wide, Earrings 2” in diameter

Jewelry

“A brothers love”

“A brothers love”

7” long, 4” wide

Jewelry

Potawatomi Fire Flower Bolo Tie

Potawatomi Fire Flower Bolo Tie

Bolo is 3” in diameter the length is of the entire finished bolo is 48” lond end to end.

Jewelry

Zhawanong “from the south” Rattle/Shaker

Zhawanong “from the south” Rattle/Shaker

16” long total the rattle/shaker is 3” in diameter and 4.5” long

Diverse Arts

Ginewkwe Medicine Pouch

Ginewkwe Medicine Pouch

The pouch is 5” x 7” the finished beaded rope is 48” long end to end.

Diverse Arts

Odemin “Heart berry”

Odemin “Heart berry”

The medicine bag is 9 x 10”.

Diverse Arts

Niibin

Niibin

Earrings 1.5” in diameter, Medallion 3” in diameter, 24” beaded rope

Beadwork / Quillwork

Debwaywin”her berry fast”

Debwaywin”her berry fast”

The entire outfit is placed on a mannequin 4 feet tall.

Beadwork / Quillwork

Medicine Dancer

Medicine Dancer

The entire out is made for an adult female of average size.

Beadwork / Quillwork