Michael Galban

Michael Galban is Washoe/Paiute and has been interested in Native American material culture his entire life.  He began craftwork at age 9 when his mother showed him how to make moccasins. After graduating from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo with a Bachelor of Fine Arts he began work at Ganondagan State Historic Site as an interpretive guide. In the 10 years past he has been dedicated to preserving and in many cases reviving the traditional arts of the woodland region. He  has excelled in the art of quillwork, moosehair embroidery, ash splint basketry, bark house building, elm bark basketry, natural cordage manufacture, basswood tumplines and ropes, dogbane prisoner ties, Paiute sling braiding, maple ball headed war clubs, gunstock clubs, basswood fiber bags, pack frames, lacrosse sticks, snow snakes, water drums, rawhide drums, wooden effigy spoons, woodland style bowls, noggins, horn/gourd/turtle/bark/rawhide rattles, flintknapping, arrow-making, rivercane blowguns, bone whistles, antler combs, Paiute bullroarers, tule and cattail reed duck decoys, twined cornhusk bottles, twined cornhusk mats, cornhusk dolls, Paiute leather dolls, cattail mats, friction fire building, stone pipemaking, beadwork, historical costuming, and contemporary pow-wow clothing and regalia.