Norval Morrisseau, 1979
Photo by Ian Samson McMichael Canadian Art Collection Archives

Norval Morrisseau is the eldest son in a family of five boys. According to Ojibwe custom, the eldest son was to be raised by the grandparents. Morrisseau's maternal grandfather was an exceptional storyteller and recognized as a Shaman by his peers. Norval was taught the ways of the Ojibwe through knowledge of the scrolls, the history and ceremonies. The artist began drawing the legends of the Anishnabe people at a very young age. By 1962, Morrisseau received the support of Toronto gallery owner, Jack Pollock and others who promoted his work to an appreciative audience.

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