Norval Morrisseau, CM RCA (March 14, 1932 - December 4, 2007), referred to as "Copper Thunderbird" is
considered the grandfather of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. He is heralded as "the key figure at
the center of an indigenous art movement in Canada" by the National Chief of Assembly of First Nations and
is the only Native Artist to have a solo exhibition by the National Gallery of Canada.
Morrisseau shattered societal, sexual, and commonly held stereotypes and prejudices in the 1960s. In the
face of intense discrimination, He created a style that was all his own, an artistic vocabulary that
inspired a new art movement. He founded the Woodlands School of Art and was a prominent member of the
"Indian Group of Seven".In 1978, He was made a Member of the Order of Canada, a member of the Royal Canadian
Academy of Arts, and was honored with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award during the NAAF Awards show in
Known as the "Picasso of the North", Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people, the
cultural and political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles,
and his deep spirituality and mysticism.
The story, legacy, achievements, and effects of Morrisseau are immense. The Estate looks forward to sharing
these and significantly adding to them with those who wish to help. Please check back for updates and new
The Estate wishes to thank Carmen Robertson for the information below.