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Micah Vogel - October 1999

The Highlight of the Month program at The Indian Craft Shop focuses on a particular craft area, region or artist family/group. Our aim is to illustrate the diversity of tribal groups and the wide variety of artistic expressions and traditions in the country today.


Micah Vogel is a carver from the Makah Indian Nation, located on the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington. Makah life is closely linked to the sea, and many rely to this day on the wealth of resources that the ocean provides. The art of the Northwest Coast is resplendent with images and motifs derived from aquatic animals and the stories which give meaning to the relationship between the people and their environment.

Although he is one of the newer Makah artists, Micah has been well recognized for his work. He has won Best of Category at the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial show and has been awarded ribbons at the Indian Art Northwest show in Portland, Oregon. The Washington State Arts Commission selected him to participate as a mentor in their apprenticeship program, and his work has joined that of his grandfather in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

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