Born to the Ginew “Golden Eagle” clan of the Anishinaabek, Monica Raphael has traveled the world sharing and teaching her talents as a dancer, artist, educator, speaker and youth advocate.
As an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa, she spent most of her life in the village of Peshawbestown on the Grand Traverse Band Reservation. Here she learned the traditional woodland art form of quill and birch bark box making from her father and late aunt, master quillworker Catherine Baldwin.
She comes from a long line of woodland quill artists, and her family is known for their masterful woodland flora and fauna designs. Monica’s work is renowned for its clear intention to craftsmanship, unwavering dedication to patience and quality of materials used.
Dedicated to preserving her culture, Monica is well versed in the traditional teachings, stories, language and practices of the Anishinaabek and has a commitment to sharing her cultural knowledge with others to be carried on for generations to come.