Ojibwe Woodland Style Masters: Norval Morriseau and Daphne Odjig

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I would like to talk a little about the school of Ojibwe Woodland Style art. The founder and father of this type of art is Norval Morriseau (Birth: March 14, 1932 – Death: December 4, 2007). Norval was the first Anishinabeg artist to have his work shown in a gallery in 1962 (Toronto's Pollock Gallery).  Norval's art was groundbreaking for indigenous artists, because it was the first time that Native art was looked at as art and not primitive doodles of "Indian children".  In 1973 Norval along with six other First Nation artists formed the Professional National Indian Artists Incorporation. They were monikered the "Indian Group of Seven" by the Winnepeg Press. The other founding artists were Daphne Odjig, Eddy Cobiness, Jackson Beardy, Alex Janvier, Joe Sanchez, and Carl Ray. This group founded the Woodlands School of Art which opened doors for countless up and coming Native/First Nations artists to create traditional art, utilize ceremony and stories into their art forms and be recognized as serious contemporary artists. For more information on Norval Morriseau and to view some of his artwork go to


For more information on Daphne Odjig and to view some of her artwork go to


To view a video of a recent showing of Woodland Art at the University of Michigan and hear the work described in Anishinabemowin (the Ojibwe Language) by fluent speakers check out this video series of 3 youtube videos:




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