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Norval Morrisseau - Storylines

Norval Morrisseau : Storylines is a narrative, biographical and artistic website paying tribute to the tumultuous and captivating career of Norval Morrisseau, or Copper Thunderbird, a great Canadian-born Ojibwe artist, also known as "the Picasso of the North" because of his unique style and the immense scope of his work. 

Visitors are invited to explore the career of this great First Nations artist, from his formative years to the impact he continues to have on his contemporaries. Combining biography, academic interpretation, archival documents and travel narratives, Norval Morrisseau: Storylines is an in-depth, respectful study of the Ojibwe painter's distinctive life and his palpable influence on the art world, both in North America and overseas. 

By exploring the many modules of this major website, punctuated by artworks, powerful testimonials and archival videos, visitors will also learn more about Ojibwe culture and how its legends, stories and traditions, coupled with those of Christianity, have shaped his sense of spirituality and nuanced the scope of his art over the years. An art gallery and a lexicon of Anishinaabe terms complete the package, allowing even deeper exploration of the cultural elements that helped build Norval Morrisseau's generous catalog. 

Norval Morrisseau: Storylines is a collaborative project conceived and realized with the participation of Carleton University and the MacKenzie Art Gallery.