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MANISTEE, MICHIGAN Artist Shirley Brauker, a tribal citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, has had her painting selected by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for a poster commemorating American Indian Heritage Month.
In March, Michigan artists were invited to submit original paintings with the theme "Land of the Great Water Sustainer of Life." Shirley Brauker's painting was selected by the Natural Resources Conservation. photo Lucy Hunter-McClellan
The poster was unveiled at the new Government Center in Manistee, Michigan on Thursday, September 5, by Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Ogema Larry Romanelli, Brauker and Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Garry Lee.
Brauker's painting, depicting three women harvesting wild rice, will be featured on a poster that will be distributed nationwide for American Indian Heritage Month in November.
“I am so honored to represent the Michigan Native people, my tribe and other artists,”
commented Braukar to the Native News Network.
Brauker is a resident of Coldwater, Michigan. She holds a Master's of Fine Arts degree from Central Michigan University. She continued her education at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She is a fulltime artist who owns and operates Moon Bear Studio.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service produces an annual poster to celebrate American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month each November.
Every year a different state produces the poster and Michigan was selected for 2013. In March, Michigan artists were invited to submit original paintings with the theme "Land of the Great Water Sustainer of Life." Brauker's painting was selected by the Natural Resources Conservation Service for the painting and they have obtained the rights to use the art for the 2013 poster.
The 2013 American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster will be ready for distribution by mid-October.
posted September 6, 2013 6:57 am edt