Grandfather Teaching his Grandson that in Spirit we are all one (1994) Norval Morrisseau

Grandfather Teaching his Grandson
 that in Spirit we are all one
Norval Morrisseau
acrylic on canvas, 44″ x 58″, 1994

On the inside door of his studio, Janvier has written “To all my friends who enter through this door. Ho’an ekolanthe. There is peace here with your arrival.” To the right of the invocation is a photograph of his first teacher, Karl Altenberg, smiling bravely in his hospital bed only weeks away from death. To the left of that image is the number 5 marked on the door, and slightly above and off to the left is a newspaper clipping trimmed with green at the top and bottom, the obituary of Norval Morrisseau.

“Do you miss him?”

“Ahh—I got him on my doorway. He’s right there.”

Alex Janvier
Alberta Views
December 2009