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Nancy Robinson Villarroel fonds:
Norval Morrisseau (1933-2007), also known as Copper Thunderbird, rose to fame in the 1960s as the originator of the Woodland School. This unique style is now simply called Anishnaabe painting, a term that refers to the artist's heritage and the archetypal status of his work. Morrisseau, a Member of the Order of Canada (1978), was raised on the Sand Point Reserve near Lake Nipigon in Northern Ontario. He was acknowledged as Grand Shaman of the Ojibwa in 1986 and, in 1995, the Assembly of First Nations bestowed on him their highest honour, the presentation of an eagle feather. In 1989, Morrisseau, whom the French press dubbed "Picasso of the North," was the only Canadian artist invited to exhibit at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris as part of the French Revolution Bicentennial celebrations. Morrisseau became one of the first artists inducted into the Royal Society of Canada: The Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada. The RSC consists of 1,800 distinguished Canadians selected by their peers for outstanding contributions to the arts, natural and social sciences and the humanities. Nancy Robinson Villarroel and her mother Edna Fulford (née Jackson) knew Morrisseau personally and supported his art activities in his early years.
The fonds consists of 6 photographs taken in 1962 of Norval Morrisseau outside of a cabin in Beardmore, Ontario. 4 photographs show Morrisseau with his work and 2 photographs show Morrisseau with his wife Harriet Kakegamic.
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[Title of item], Nancy Robinson Villarroel fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
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