Shaman's Garden by Norval Morrisseau

Acrylic on Canvas
48 × 39 inches
121.9 × 99.1 cm
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This is a half length, profile portrait of a wide eyed shaman is depicted in Morrisseau's style of black outline with solid colours. The figure of the shaman dressed in brilliant pink, mauve, orange, yellow and teal green on a turquoise ground embraces a falling branch of flowers and leaves in similar brilliant colours. Three birds sit on the figure's head and shoulder. At the age of six, Morrisseau was sent to a Catholic residential school, where students were educated in the European tradition, native culture was repressed, and the use of native language was forbidden. After two years he returned home and started attending a local community school. In accordance with Anishnaabe tradition, Morrisseau was raised by his maternal grandparents. His grandfather, Moses Potan Nanakonagos, a shaman, taught him the traditions and legends of his people which became the subjects of his paintings.

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