"Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists: The Red Lake Years 1959 - 1980" by Christine Penner Polle, Researcher/Writer & Reggie Bacon, Research Assistant;
© 2008 Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
This book has been written to commemorate Red Lake's first Woodland Arts Festival, held in tribute to Norval Morrisseau and the other Woodland Artists who emerged from the Red Lake area from 1960 - 1980. It is our belief that this cultural heritage deserves exploration and celebration by both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal people, in the landscape and the social environment which inspired the artists during their formative years.
I wish to extend my sincere appreciation to Christine Penner Polle and her assistant Reggie Bacon, for researching Morrisseau's life and compiling the stories included in this book. It has been a formidable task to locate people who had stories to contribute and to piece together Morrisseau's early years. Christine and Reggie were able to gain people's trust, and as a result, the stories they shared are fresh and from the heart. Thank you to Sara Petko for her commitment and enthusiasm for this project. Her ability to multi-task and to get things done is truly remarkable. Special thanks as well to Caroline Upward, our cheerful support worker, and to our summer students Liz Mochrie and Erin Weaver.
I also wish to thank Red Lake mayor Phil Vinet, who, nearly 10 years ago, told me the amazing story of the birth of the Woodland art movement in Red Lake. It is unlikely that this story, and all it represents to our community and beyond, would have ever come to light had it not been for Phil's support and encouragement over the years.
Since this story is essentially a living history, this book is in no way the final word on Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland artists. Expect to hear a lot more about the community of Red Lake and its contribution in shaping the future of Aboriginal art in Canada. Our goal is to revitalize this art form in our community, for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.
Michele Alderton , June 2008
Director/Curator - Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
Source: "Norval Morrisseau and the Woodland Artists: The Red Lake Years 1959 - 1980" © 2008 Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
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- Recommended readings (Part I)
- Recommended readings (Part II)
/'NORVAL MORRISSEAU: ARTIST AS SHAMAN' by BARY ACE/,
- Recommended readings (Part III)
/'History of the Ojibwa People' by WILLIAM W. WARREN/,
- Recommended readings (Part IV)
/'I am an Indian' - Edited by GEORGE KENTNER GOODERHAM/,
- Recommended readings (Part V)
/'NORVAL MORRISSEAU: SHAMAN ARTIST' by GREG A. HILL/,
- Recommended readings (Part VI)
/'Crooked River' by SHELLEY PEARSALL/,
- Recommended readings (Part VII)
/‘Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality’ by DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR/,
- Recommended readings (Part VIII)
/'Ojibway Heritage' by BASIL JOHNSTON/,
- Recommended readings (Part IX)
/'Windigo and Other Tales of the Ojibways' - Edited by HERBERT T. SCHWARTZ/,
- Recommended readings (Part X)
/'Norval Morrisseau: Travels to the House of Invention' by NORVAL MORRISSEAU/KRG/
- Recommended readings (Part XI)
/'CHIPPEWA CUSTOMS' by FRANCES DENSMORE/
- Recommended readings (Part XIII)
/"The White Ojibway Medicine Man And Other Stories" by Joseph Weinstein, Md/.