Copper Thunderbird – Selwyn Dewdney on Norval Morrisseau

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Norval Morrisseau
63.5″x23″ – 1966 – Acrylic on kraft board

“How was it possible for this youth to reach back to the old feelings, to conceive the images that would bear the unmistakable stamp of his people? How could this firm pride originate in a community relegated to the status of third class citizens, constantly reminded of this status and defeated by it? What was there about this lad that earned for him in a medicine woman’s dream the combined names of a powerful spirit and the metal traditionally sacred to the Lake Superior Ojibway – Copper Thunderbird?”

Selwyn Dewdney