Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spirit Walker meets Copper Thunderbird (Part I)

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Thunder Bay, Ontario - May 16th, 2002
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Copper Thunderbird's Dedication to Spirit Walker:
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Inscription inside of the book "Norval Morrisseau Travels to the House of Invention"; Key Porter Books Limited, ISBN: 1-55013-880-4:
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"My warmest regards to you"
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Signed: Norval Morrisseau (English)
Signed: Copper Thunderbird (Anishnaabe, Cree syllabics)
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To be continued...
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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have an autograph from Norval too. Doesn't provide this blog or any person owning the autograph with any credibility. If that alone did then I guess KRG has more.

Victor

Anonymous said...

Lets see what Spirit Walker has to present in Spirit Walker Meets Copper Thunderbird Part II. I agree that this is just a autograph from a book signing and kind of irrelevant. There may be more...

Anonymous said...

What do you mean by saying "it is kind of irrelevant"?

He is jus wanted to prove to KRG and alike that he had really met Copper Thunderbird.

He is not a follower he is just admirerer of his art and individual who recognised his importance for Canadian Heritage.

Even if there is not going to be "Walker Meets Copper Thunderbird Part II" I learned a lot from Spirit Walker's presentation about Norval Morrisseau that I have ever known before.

Please, give him a brake and let him "Just be".

Spirit of Jack

Anonymous said...

Having an autograph doesn't mean you met the person. Norval signed a number of those books and left them with KRG to hand out to customers and potential customers. In fact, some of those very books have been sold on Ebay to the highest bidder. Is the letter addressed to anybody? Idon't see Norval saying "to my best friend Spirit Walker."

Like I said. I have one of those books too. Big deal. Really...

Victor

Anonymous said...

Victor, would you believe that Spirit Walker met Copper Thunderbird if you see the photograph of them together?

Would you then you question the authenticity of the photograph or would you call it "questionable"?

Come on!

Spirit of Jack

Anonymous said...

LOL...

Why don't you just show us the picture Spirit of Jack... Or should I say Spirit of Jacov?


Spirit of Norval

Anonymous said...

photoshop is wonderful, some time ago I did a picture of my father with Billy the Kid, 100+ plus years apart, but they look real good together?
I also have many first edition books from authors I like, never met any of them.
I will reserve my opinion till then

Thanks
Tony D

Anonymous said...

I don't understand the motivation behind the pettiness of the comments. Frankly, I don't really care. It doesn't really matter, (within the larger world) and if we consider the intent and teachings of Norval Morrisseau...well! Someone isn't listening! Someone isn't seeing!
What I DO KNOW is that I've been visiting this blog for some time and Spiritwalker as far as I can tell, is honouring Norval Morrisseau, his great art, his magnificent voice and his far-reaching spirit. He is a great admirer of Norval's work and is quite knowledgable; then he shares that knowledge with the world! I do not believe honourable men such as Spiritwalker who has proven himself to be of such character, would suddenly perform a deed that is in conflict with his proven nature by making any un-true claims. Common sense and evidence simply do not support such an accusation.
But I'm thinking this is not the real issue. The real issue seems to be some sort of KRG "hand out book" to customers and...
I've glimpsed a slight hint here and there on the blog of some sort of conflict with Spiritwalker and KRG.
I'm not interested in the nature of the conflict but I do know this. As long as these conflicts continue, and like most conflicts they are no doubt driven by fear, then Norval's worldwide reputation will suffer and his true greatness will never be given it's true and rightful stature. One of the ways that Indians have always been held down and kept in their place is through those who have always purported to be acting in our best interests. We know what that racist way of thinking does and what it is doing now. It is keeping Norval in his place! The contrary result of not acting in his best interest, or the Ojibwa for that matter, while claiming to be doing so is as old as the grass is long. I suggest very strongly that whatever issues require dialogue to resolve them, that, that process begin immediately. This is in the best interests of Norval, the Ojibwa, KPG and for goodness sake hopefully stop the character assination and innuendo of a lone but honourable blogger. The bigger picture here is to let go of those things that are toxic and assess the issue(s) first with respect, love, fun, passion and spirit. All the things that Norval is and more. I think if there is genuine and sincere effort to this task that all will be well,(the players are hardly what I would refer to as bad people) and that everyone's initial intent to protect the interests of Norval's voice will in fact be manifested. Bring in some elders if you need, but please let Norval fly! It's time. Thank you.