Norval Morrisseau

Teachings of the Grand Shaman - 1981

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Norval Morrisseau - The Legacy

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Norval Morrisseau, born March 14th, 1932, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was an Indigenous Canadian artist from the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation.

Known as the "Picasso of the North", Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people, the cultural and political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles, and his deep spirituality and mysticism.

His¬†style is characterized by thick black outlines and bright colors. He founded the¬†Woodlands School of Canadian Art¬†and was a prominent member of the ‚ÄúIndian Group of Seven‚ÄĚ. He was a¬†recipient of the Order of Canada¬†in 1979.

Morrisseau transcended this earthly plane December 4th, 2007 on Vancouver, Island.

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Norval Morrisseau, Shaman Artist
Norval Morrisseau, Shaman Artist

by Kaeli Yarwood March 16, 2020

Few would argue that Norval is one of the most important artists this country has ever produced, native or otherwise. 

The exact year of¬†Norval Morrisseau's¬†birth is not known, but is thought to be between 1931 and 1933 in Northwestern Ontario. Norval started to paint in 1959, after he received a ‚Äúvision‚ÄĚ telling him to do so. He was the first¬†Ojibwa to break the tribal rules¬†of setting down Indian legends in picture form for the white man to see.

Morrisseau was dubbed the "Picasso of the North" by the French Press in 1969 and is considered one of the most innovative artists of the Century. 

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How Norval Morrisseau Became Copper Thunderbird
How Norval Morrisseau Became Copper Thunderbird

by Kaeli Yarwood March 13, 2020

... This is the highest sort of power that can be given to any one that is sick; and that is to give him a new name, a powerful new name. It is just like administering extreme unction, like the Jesuits do almost like a last rite.

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Conquest of the Thunderbird
Conquest of the Thunderbird

by Matt Steffich December 17, 2018

Conquest of the Thunderbird In June of 2010, the National Gallery of Canada purchased the painting ‚ÄúConquest of the Thunderbird‚ÄĚ from our gallery. It now becomes part of our shared Canadian culture, and I for one, could not be any more proud to have been a part of making this happen.

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Norval Morrisseau- a true story you never heard before…
Norval Morrisseau- a true story you never heard before…

by Alli Hames August 10, 2017

Sit down and I will tell you a tale. About a painting, a man, and his friends. As told to us by the client who owned the painting ‚ÄúThe Young Thunderbird‚ÄĚ. The Young Thunderbird It was early 1970‚Äôs and I was living in the Beaches in Toronto. It was a time that anything was possible and everything...

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