Mark Fischer learned to weld from his father, and was instilled with pride in his Oneida Nation ancestry by his mother. He combines the two with his Native American copper art sculptures. Each statue tells a story, fulfilling Mark’s role as educator and artist in the Turtle Clan.

Fischer shares, “I’m from the Turtle Clan; the poets, the prophets, and the artists of our community. I’m a former educator. Every piece that I make tells a story. And that’s how most Native American art is done. It’s not just a beautiful piece. It tells a story.”

This story is from Wisconsin Life, which celebrates what makes Wisconsin unique through the diverse stories of its people.

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