"Honor your ancestors. You are here is because of the perseverance, strength and resilience of your ancestors. Their sacrifices, hardships and triumphs are a part of you. You honor them by learning your traditions, giving back to your community and walking a good path."
Michael Sayers was born in Bremerton, WA, the fifth of six children born to Mary and Joseph Sayers. His family migrated from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to the Pacific Northwest in 1941 to live and work a 5-acre self-sustaining farm. Along with both parents, Michael is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. He served in the United States Air Force for 4 years, then obtained his B.A. in Art Education at Western Washington University with a minor in Native Art and Culture. He went on to teach for 32 years at South Kitsap High School with a primary focus in fine arts, Washington State History, Native American History and Native American Literature.
His primary art medium is charcoal, acrylics, sandblasting, lapidary, sculpting and woodwork. Since growing up in Western Washington, Michael cultivated a strong connection to Coast Salish culture, an integral component in teaching high school local indigenous history. He was fortunate to study Coast Salish art from Skokomish tribal leader and artist Bruce Miller. Michael's work also represents the Plains lifestyle of Chippewa culture as they migrated west into the Dakotas and Montana.
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