Thursday, December 1, 2011

Morrisseau As Supreme Storyteller

The Legendary Visual Artist at Age 68
Raven and The Sun:
One day in anchient [sic] times
there was no sun in the sky.
As the huge raven was flying
low by the ocean he seen [sic]
a very shinning pepple [sic] or stone.
Being very mischief and
curious took the stone into
its mouth and swallowed
it the the [sic] Raven flyed [sic]
into the sky feeling very funny
becane [sic] to vomit out comes
the stone bursting into flames
And light upon the earth
for the stone (being really
the sun) took orbit.
Today much respect is held
to Ravens by the Ojibwa
Indian for his curiousty [sic]
bought [sic] light upon the earth.
— Handwritten by Norval Morrisseau (in graphite, on 3-hole punched narrow-ruled paper) around the time of Jack Pollock's art class at the Beardmore Elementary School in Aug 1962. Photo: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward/The Globe and Mail.
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  1. "Great Spirit,

    When we come singing.
    When we face the sunset,

    The last song, may it be,

    Without shame, singing

    'It is finished in beauty
'It is finished in beauty'."
Rest in peace, Norval, my friend.

  2. So sad to hear about the passing of Brian Marion

  3. To the staff at Kinsman Robinson...Merry Christmas! May you experience love and peace and glad tidings for the new year! I sure am glad to have met you all and to see the various Norval Morrisseau shows along with your indepth understandings. I count myself to be a lucky and a blessed person because of people like you. cheers!

  4. Thanks Don. All the best to you and yours this Christmas season.


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