A master artist who specializes in Makah-style carving of masks, rattles, totem poles, and drums, Micah Vogel began carving at the age of nine. At sixteen, he apprenticed with master carver Greg Colfax on the Makah Reservation, and by his early twenties had established himself as a professional carver. He has won awards at the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Show and the Indian Art Northwest Show in Portland, Oregon. As a mentor in the 1996 Washington State Arts Commission Folk Arts program, Micah taught his cousin Jazz Aguirre traditional Makah carving techniques, including roughing out, fine finishing, painting, and making hair for masks and headdresses. Micah believes that giving young people the skills to become carvers can help to keep them off the streets, providing a source of income, assisting them in forming important connections with their cultural heritage, and cultivating their self-esteem. 8.5 in. x 11 in.