student artist

An illustration by Northern Michigan University student Cory Fountaine was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Tribal College Journal. The drawing accompanied a news story about the launch of K-12 curriculum materials produced by the Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) Consortium, a group of eight Tribal Colleges and their federal partners.  Cory created the artwork when he was a student at Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College for use in the DETS Health Is Life in Balance curriculum. It depicts a scene from “How the Fawn Got its Spots,” one of five traditional stories Cory illustrated for Health Is Life in Balance. He also created a modern story incorporating traditional story elements in graphic novel form, “Max Swift’s Healthy Lesson,” for the curriculum.

Cory, who is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, planned to pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration with a minor in Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University when he transferred from Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. After college, he envisions working in concept design or storyboarding.  Cory hopes to continue to serve as a role model for youth in his community, encouraging them to develop their talents and pursue their dreams, “After designing imaginative creations for the community, and local businesses, and friends, I have decided to work more to further my abilities in the arts.  The possibilities are endless when restrictions are only created by imagination.”

Health Is Life in Balance curriculum materials, which were previewed at NMU’s 12th annual UP American Indian Education Conference in September of 2008, are now available free of cost. U.S. educators may order printed curriculum units on-line at Anyone may download units and supplemental materials, including stories illustrated by Cory Fountaine, from the KBOCC website at For additional information about the DETS project and curriculum, see the project website, or contact Lynn Aho at Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College.

For more information  contact Lynn Aho, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, 906-353-8151, email:

The TCJ item can be viewed at in the on-line edition. (You will need to scroll down the page a bit; it is about the fourth item.)