Meet the artist
Naawegiizissukwe (She Comes From The Center Of The Sun), Summer Sky Cohen is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Ojibwe in Wisconsin. She belongs to Makwa Dodem, Bear Clan, and grew up in the wilderness of the upper peninsula of Michigan. Living off the land with her family, Summer learned about the creativity in survival, using plants and animals in her artwork. She graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2003 with bachelor’s degrees in political science and Native American studies and spent 10 years in cultural resource management and revitalization in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) in upper Michigan. After leaving GLIFWC, Summer continued to teach Native people the gifts she holds in her mind, offering a holistic way to understand our place on this Earth through the intertwining of beads, bling and buckskin to tell Native stories and ensure the survival of Native culture.