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Ross Allen Portrait

Ross Allen

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  • Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin

Photo Caption:
Courtesy Art Kimball.

Luce Artist Quote

"[His fish] really cut a 'mean' circle when jigged with a stick."The Fish Decoy, vol. I, Art, Brad, and Scott Kimball, 1986

Luce Artist Biography

This fish decoy was probably carved by Ross Allen Sr. of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwa Nation in Wisconsin. He gave his decoys glass eyes, and sometimes tinted them with a red-orange varnish to attract larger fish (Kimball, The Fish Decoy, vol. I, 1986). Allen also taught his son, "Little Ross" Allen Jr., to carve decoys used for ice fishing during the cold winters in Wisconsin (Art and Brad Kimball, Fish Decoys of the Lac du Flambeau Ojibway, 1988).