Thursday, March 6, 2008

Iconic artist Norval Morrisseau to be honoured at 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

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TORONTO, ON – Anishinabe artist and Canadian icon Norval Morrisseau will posthumously receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s gala presentation to be held at the Sony Centre in Toronto Friday March 7.

“We are honoured to know Mr. Morrisseau before his passing,” said NAAF President and CEO Roberta Jamieson."We are happy that Mr. Morrisseau was able to be with the other Achievement Award recipients in the gallery of the House of Commons when this recognition was announced in November 15, 2007 and to witness a standing ovation from all members of the House of Commons in honour of the 2008 recipients. He also was able to be present at the reception afterwards hosted by the Speaker of the House."

The Achievement Foundation has invited several of Mr. Morrisseau’s family members to be their guests at this year’s awards gala.

“He is one of the greatest painters Canada has ever produced. One day we were looking at the Group of Seven and he commented ‘They paint trees, I paint loons and they connect to the sky,’” said curator Tom Hill, author of the book, Norval Morrisseau and the Emergence of the Image Makers.

A member of The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts since 1970, Norval Morrisseau is the celebrated founder of the Woodland Indian School of Art which revitalized Anishnaabe iconography, traditionally incised on rocks and Midewiwin birchbark scrolls. A self-taught painter, Norval Morrisseau created an innovative visual vocabulary which was initially criticized in the Native community for its disclosure of traditional spiritual knowledge, previously passed down orally. He acquired his knowledge from his grandfather, who taught him about Midewiwin scrolls which provided him with a source of powerful images and meanings.

The 15th National Aboriginal Achievement Awards proudly announces Global Television and APTN as returning exclusive broadcast partners of the 15th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Both networks are set to broadcast the NAAA Gala ceremony at 8pm ET/PT on Saturday, March 22 on Global and Saturday, April 5 on APTN.

The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards were created in 1994 to celebrate and promote positive role models to Aboriginal youth. The awards are part of the work of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, a charitable organization that encourages and empowers young Aboriginal people in order to advance their educational and career opportunities. Since 1988, the Foundation has provided more than $27-million to more than 7,000 Aboriginal students across the country, with scholarship disbursements reaching almost $3.3-million this year alone.
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Source: NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (Go to "Press Room")
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*Photograph of Norval Morrisseau taken September 24th, 1977 - © Graham Bezant "Toronto Star"

5 comments:

ink guy said...

ink guy says
I will no longer post here, having to write and re-write deleted comments is NOT COOL.
hope this one makes it?
thanks and good luck to all

Spirit Walker said...

As Bryant Ross wrote:

"The blog has been changed back to moderation. Spirit Walker and myself do not agree on a lot of topics, fore most the authenticity of some of the paintings presented on this blog. We have agreed to dis-agree. Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

So the blog was "open" for today. Some interesting comments were exchanged, There was also some unnessesary malicious statements. Someone began posting comments with profane content, dis-respecting others and dis-respecting Norval Morrisseau. This culminated in someone trying to post Spirit Walkers real name over and over again on the blog. The person that did this is trying to destroy the blog. It is his fault that we can not post freely on this site.

I believe that Spirit Walker's intentions are honorable. I do not agree with him, but I do not hold dis-respact for him. Because of the screening he will have to do there will be a lag in time when you post your comment. He does have a life and can not be available 24/7. He promises me that he will post everything, wether he agrees with it or not, that does not have malicious intentions. So keep the profanity to your self and lets get on with an intelligent conversation."

I hope ink guy will be back. SW

Anonymous said...

Ink guy..please reconsider.

SW - please consider Ink Guys position. We are looking for people to share comments and if information that others may want to hear, and perhaps you may not want to hear, is deleted it will hurt the blog and people contributing. Without knowing what is being shared by Ink Guy it makes you wonder what else is being deleted behind the scenes. From any other postings to date fron Ink Guy - I can not recall anything he has shared that would be offensive or .....


AP

Spirit Walker said...

All of you just have to believe me that I will post everything as long as proper language is being used.

AP, if you read the comments you will see that there are some criticism directed to me also but I know that is understandable and I know also that I have to continue working on this Quest for Justice for Norval Morrisseau.

Consider that I am the only one who is working on a Blog and if you do not see your comments posted immediately wait until the following day before you start judging me. Haven't I showed enough proof that I have good intentions in mind? Thanks. SW

Anonymous said...

Good point SW - thank you for supporting this initiative and realize sometimes we forget about the work required behind the scenes!

AP