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"What I want people to know is that I am an Anishinabe husband, father and grandfather first," says Duane Goodwin. He is one of the artists whose studio will be open for visitors during this weekend's Studio Cruise '09 in the Bemidji area. Pioneer Photo/Patt Rall

Studio Cruise '09 -- The 'artist's artist: Sculptor Goodwin carries on tradition

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A returning artist to this year's Studio Cruise is stone sculptor Duane (Dewey) Goodwin.

Goodwin grew up as one of 14 children on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Mahnomen and began to draw, color and paint at a very young age.

He thinks that his background and the ancestral beliefs that were passed on to him by his mother and father have helped build the reputation he has in the Bemidji artist community, where he is called the "artist's artist."

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