Michael Johnson

Artist Michael Johnson with his Apprentice, Melinda Broncheau. Photo Credit: Sanna Parikka, 01/2013

Apprentice: Melinda Broncheau

County: Umatilla
Phone: 541-566-3122 (day) 541-215-2719 (evening)
Address: P.O. Box 79, Adams, OR 97810
Email: m_ray_j@yahoo.com
Birthplace: Pendleton, OR
Birth Date: 6/17/69
Religion: Washut/Longhouse
Ethnic Background: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Describe your traditional skill/craft/art, when and why it is done, and your history with it:

The traditional skill is cornhusk twining, which is also known as false embroidery. The craft we are doing is a cornhusk traditional hat. The hats are used in ceremony namings, food gatherings, and traditional dancing.

How and from whom was the tradition learned?

All traditions are passed down, so I have learned from various elders who all have inspired me to be the weaving teacher I am today. Effie Culpus-Warm Springs; Phyllis Shillal-Walla Walla; Rose Frank-Nez Perce; Katherine Ramsey-Nez Perce.

How, when, why did you come to Oregon:

Born and raised in Umatilla County. I had traveled to different reservations to get suggestions from various elders.

Any other biographical information (awards, honors, presentation, etc.)

2004 Folklife Apprenticeship with Jess Nowland

Speaker for Bighole Battlefield Culture Presentation-Wisdom, Montana

Culture Camp Counselor 2011-Pilot Rock, OR

Culture Assistant for CTUIR Senior Center

General Council Chairman 2007-2009 for Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation


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