Thursday, November 12, 2009

Norval Morrisseau Blog's 2nd Year Anniversary

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~ This is the 1,000th post!
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November 12th, 2007 - November 12th, 2009
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Blog Master speaks...
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I appreciate all of you visiting the NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG. It is proving to be an exciting success as I have always anticipated it would be. The subject is dynamic and evolving to say the least. I wish to thank all the contributors for encouraging me to continue with this monumental project which is dedicated entirely to protecting the integrity of Norval Morrisseau's art and the preservation of his artistic legacy. Allow me again to introduce myself to those who don't know me.
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I was born in Split, Croatia. As a child I saw, and continue to see, the Indians of North America as members of an outstanding race. My favourite childhood memory was the time when 'spagetti western' movies were filmed in Croatia (then part of Yugoslavia) and as a memento from that time were countless memories and a photograph with my brother and I in front of Indian totem pole in my hometown of Omiš, Croatia (click HERE). When I emigrated to Canada my aim was to become a true Canadian and contribute to the advancement of this outstanding country. I also wanted to advance the cause of the First Nations Citizens. The best way I could do this appeared through advancing the cause of native art. Researching the background of Norval Morrisseau and other native artists and their lives has shown the adversity these artists had to overcome to become recognized. Some wonderful people emerged through this research, as did the hardships the art goddess imposed on many of these talented artists.
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The subject of my passion is Norval Morrisseau's art. He was one of the very few artists who started a completely new art movement: the Woodland or Medicine School of Art, now called the Anishnaabe School of Art, and has been dubbed the Father of Canadian Aboriginal Art. I believe as well as many others do that we are witnessing the rise of a Star in the World of Art with Universal proportions. My extensive knowledge and research along with my personal collection which I have amassed over the years are what I draw my knowledge base from. It seems like almost every day I find a new and fantastical correlation within this man's work. It is never ending. The scope and depth of Morrisseau's visions throughout his lifetime have left an impact on my soul that I cannot describe in words. "Perhaps I should paint as Morrisseau did to express feelings otherwise would not be explicable within my vocabulary?" His Art Work is my passion.


Challenge keeps all of us going and is the spice of life. Norval Morrisseau has given us plenty to flavour our appetites. He used tenderness and harsh realities associated with purifying our souls painted as images on canvas. In the end it is our choice to fall or RISE! Norval Morrisseau's works of Art have been challenged on many levels by different people. The issue of authenticity of his works can only be drawn out of secrecy by revealing the necessary knowledge for the seasoned collector and the novice wishing to swim in this Golden Ocean which is before us by exposing that which has been kept secret. The novice needs to know the precious tidbits of information at his or her disposal to make a sound and wise decision on purchasing Woodland Art created by the Master...Norval Morrisseau. I will desiminate whatever knowledge I have in this regard and keep a sensitive eye on any new developments as they will arise. Should I stray, please feel free to comment so as to put me on the right path again. I Thank you.

This information will of course prove to be invaluable to all collectors now and in the future. I am an authority in my own right. Many people have asked for my opinion and value my judgement which is not backed up by monetary gain but for the truth to be known and recorded for posterity. So let it be written so let it be done. All topics are open for discussion. I thank the Creator for allowing me this venue. Let us not disappoint but release the store house of Spiritual knowledge left to us painted on the canvas of Norval Morrisseau's legacy.

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Hvala/Miigwetch,
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Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker
/spiritwalker2008@gmail.com/
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> For the purposes of this blog I would like to be referred to as Spirit Walker. Miigwetch!
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>>> Selected reference posts:
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1 - CEASE AND COPYRIGHT,

2 - Norval Morrisseau Genuine Collage,
3 - Will the real SpiritWalker please stand up?,
4 - The real Spirit Walker is standing up!,
5 -
Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part I),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part II),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part III),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part IV),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part V),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part VI),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part VII),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part VIII),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part IX),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part X),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part XI),
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Norval Morrisseau Signature Study (Part XII),
17 -
"Morrisseau Signature Identification Article 101" (Part I),
18 -
Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part I),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part II),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part III),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part IV),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part V),
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Norval Morrisseau's Certificate of Authenticity (Part VI),

24 - Norval Morrisseau Painting Techniques (Part I),
25 - Norval Morrisseau Painting Techniques (Part II),
26 - Norval Morrisseau Painting Techniques (Part III),
27 -
Norval Morrisseau Painting Techniques (Part IV)
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28 -
Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part I) /Ref: Bryant Ross/,
29 -
Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part II),
30 -
Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part III),
31 - Morrisseau History Detective Stories (Part IV),
32 -
Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part I),

33 - Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part II),

34 - Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part III),
35 - Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part IV),
36 - Understanding Art of Norval Morrisseau (Part V),

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The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part I); Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center - Connecticut USA
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The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part II); National Museum of the American Indian - New York, New York USA
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The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part III); Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA
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The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part IV); MacKenzie Art Gallery - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA
41 - The Art of Norval Morrisseau in Galleries and Museums Around the World (Part V); Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA
42 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part I); "LEVIS Online Auctions", Calgary, AB
43 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part II); WALKER'S Auction, Ottawa, ON

44 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part III); Randy Potters Estate Auctions, Port Hope, ON
45 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part IV); RITCHIES Auctioneers, Toronto, ON
46 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part V); HODGINS Art Auctions Ltd., Calgary, AB
47 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part VI); Heffel's Auction House, Toronto, ON
48 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part VII); SEAHAWK Auctions, Maple Ridge, BC
49 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part VIII); LUNDS Auctions, Victoria, BC
50 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part IX); EMPIRE AUCTIONS, Toronto, ON /Ref: Gabe Vadas & Michael Rogozinski/

51 - Norval Morrisseau Authentic Paintings at Auction Houses Across North America (Part X); "LEVIS Online Auctions", Calgary, Alberta.
52 -
Justice for Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
53 -
Justice for Norval Morrisseau Found,
54 -
Michael Moniz vs. CTV Globemedia Publishing Inc. /Court action CV-07-1776 SR/,
55 -
Sacred Medicine Wheel /Forensic Report/,
56 -
Sacred Medicine Bear /Forensic Report/,

57 - > Gatherings of Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
58 - >> Gatherings of Norval Morrisseau (Part I) /Addendum A/,
59 - "The Writing On The Wall... Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy Exposed",
60 - Norval Morrisseau Conspiracy & Art Market Competition,
61 -
Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part II),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part III),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part IV),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part V),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part VI),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part VII),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part VIII),
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Thunder Bay's Norval Morrisseau vs. Jack Pollock's Norval Morrisseau (Part IX)
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Norval Morrisseau Comparison Report (Part I) /Separated at Birth?/,
71 -
Norval Morrisseau Comparison Report (Part I) /Revisited/,
72 - Norval Morrisseau Comparison Report (Part II),
73 - Spirit Walker meets Copper Thunderbird (Part I),
74 - Spirit Walker meets Copper Thunderbird (Part II),
75 - Spirit Walker meets Copper Thunderbird (Part III) ,
76 - Spirit Walker meets Copper Thunderbird (Part IV),
77 - Spirit Walker meets Copper Thunderbird (Part V),

78 - The Tale of the Art of Norval Morrisseau,
79 - Blog Master's Public Address V,
80 - Blog Master's Public Address VI,

81 - Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part I),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part II),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part III),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part IV),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part V),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part VI),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part VII),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part VIII),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part IX),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part X),
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Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part XI),
92 - Changing Faces of Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair (Part XII),
93 -
Manipulative Nature of Gabor Vadas (Part I) /Ref: Gary Lamont & Jonathan Browne/
94 -
www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part I) Otavnik Vs Vadas,
95 - www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part II) Otavnik Vs Vadas,
96 - www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part III) Otavnik Vs Vadas,
97 - www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part IV) Otavnik Vs Vadas,
98 - www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part V) Otavnik Vs Vadas,
99 - www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part VI) Otavnik Vs Vadas,
100 - www_NorvalMorrisseauLawsuit_com (Part VII) Otavnik Vs Vadas,
101 - "Grandfather Speaks of Great Ancestral Warrior" /Ref: Jonathan Browne; Gabe Vadas/,
102 - David Voss about Donald Robinson,
103 -
Action of Deception by KRG (Part I),
104 - Where in the KRG World is Ritchie "Stardreamer" Sinclair?,
105 - www_NorvalMorrisseauLegalDefenceFund_com.
106 - Deceptions of John Zemanovich (Part I),
107 -
HONOURING NORVAL MORRISSEAU /Ref: John Zemanovich, Ritchie 'Stardreamer' Sinclair, Donald Robinson, Bryant Ross, Gabe Vadas, Peter Marin/,
108 -
Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part I),
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Others about NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG (Part II),
110 -
Mr. Robert Lavack's Open Letter to Spirit Walker,
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Correspondence between Norval Morrisseau and Mr. Robert Lavack (Part I),
112 -
NO! NO! MORRISSEAU /Ref: Mr. Robert Lavack/ &
113 -
Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society /Ref: Bryant Ross/,

114 - Humour of Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
115 - Humour of Norval Morrisseau (Part II),
116 - Recommended readings (Part I)
/'Dear M: Letters from a Gentleman of Excess' by JACK POLLOCK/,
117 - Recommended readings (Part II)
/'NORVAL MORRISSEAU: ARTIST AS SHAMAN' by BARY ACE/,
118 - Recommended readings (Part III)
/'History of the Ojibwa People' by WILLIAM W. WARREN/,
119 - Recommended readings (Part IV)
/'I am an Indian' - Edited by GEORGE KENTNER GOODERHAM/,
120 - Recommended readings (Part V)
/'NORVAL MORRISSEAU: SHAMAN ARTIST' by GREG A. HILL/,
121 - Recommended readings (Part VI)
/'Crooked River' by SHELLEY PEARSALL/,
122 - Recommended readings (Part VII)
/‘Me Sexy: An Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality’ by DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR/,
123 - Recommended readings (Part VIII)
/'Ojibway Heritage' by BASIL JOHNSTON/,
124 - Recommended readings (Part IX)
/'Windigo and Other Tales of the Ojibways' - Edited by HERBERT T. SCHWARTZ/,
125 - Recommended readings (Part X)
/'Norval Morrisseau: Travels to the House of Invention' by KRG/,
126 - Recommended readings (Part XI)
/'CHIPPEWA CUSTOMS' by FRANCES DENSMORE/,
127 - Recommended readings (Part XII)
/"Sacred Legends of the Sandy Lake Cree" by James R. Stevens & Carl Ray/,
128 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part I) /Curtis Jonnie 'Shingoose'/,
129 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part II) /Alex Janvier/,
130 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part III) /Robert Lavack/,
131 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part IV) /Yvonne Mason Reynolds/,
132 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part V) /Duke Redbird/,
133 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part VI) /Allen Heney/,
134 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part VII) /Gary Lamont/,
135 - Friends of Norval Morrisseau (Part VIII) /Leona Lattimer/,
136 - Collectors' Corner I,
137 - Collectors' Corner II,
138 - Collector's Corner III,
139 - Collectors' Corner IV,
140 - Collectors' Corner V,
141 - Collector's Corner VI,
142 - Collectors' Corner VII,
143 - Collectors' Corner VIII,
144 - Collectors' Corner IX,
145 - Collectors' Corner X,
146 - Collectors' Corner XI,
147 - Collectors' Corner XII,
148 - Collectors' Corner XIII,
149 - The Last Homecoming of Norval Morrisseau (Part I),
150 - The Last Homecoming of Norval Morrisseau (Part II) &
151 - Extra! Extra! Copyright for the Artistic Legacy of Norval Morrisseau has been registered!...
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10 comments:

rossettoink said...

Ugo,
Congratulations on your second year and thousandth post. Thank you for continually educating me on the work of Norval Morrisseau as well the Ojibwa people and legends. Norval is proud to have you as defender and promoter of his work and his peoples culture(he told me in a vision). I think it's great that our interview just happened to coincide with this event. Congratulations once again.Here is the interview for those who haven't read it.
http://www.artandculture.com/feature/1817
Richard Rossetto

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Spirit Walker.

Thank you for the informative blog - it must take a tremendous amount of effort to do this blog. I know it is appreciated greatly by many.

Please keep educating us with anecdotes, quotes of Norval's, news items and sheer appreciation of the beauty, colours and history of his works.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations SpiritWalker!

Your successful blog is now two years old and growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.
You have saved the art legacy of Norval Morrisseau from market espionage. 1000 posts is a great academic achievment and has come at a great cost for many people involved at protecting Morrisseau's art legacy. The blog has educated the public with factual information for seasoned and novice collectors. Institutes of higher learning have taken the blog and it's information as ground work for their papers into the Native history expressed as painted art. The blog has gone to places where newspapers have cowardly cringed to print the truth. The truth doesn't sell newspapers but lies sure do!

SpiritWalker take a bow...good work!

MM2340

Anonymous said...

What can I write to better the accolades you have already received since you started the fantastic research on Morrisseau and other native artists. Your persistence on collating the facts in the face of opposition from other blogs is to be admired. I have stopped viewing such deprecatory blogs and am not surprised by the demise of of these. Following through your research material is often a lengthly process but worth the effort because it is a great learning experience. Continue with your fantastic research and continue to make the truth prevail.

Anonymous said...

My family and I look forward to the 3rd year of your blog that has helped us understand the depth and beauty of our native art. Thank you very much for making this happen.

Anonymous said...

Happy second anniversary SpiritWalker!

I agree with another blogger's comment on Marc Anthony Jacobson's website that this 'war' should come to an end. Artists like Jacobson and Sinclair should concentrate on their art and the selling of their art to the world rather than the wasteful engagement that ensued after the passing away of Norval Morrisseau in 2007. Negative thoughts only create more negative realities. Positive thoughts create more positive realities. This is good for all sides. The artist and vendors all have one thing in common with commerce in the end. Personal jelousies and egotisms have run amuck. Enough is enough. If these two concentrate on painting and marketing their artwork then they will have nothing to worry about. One cannot really talk about the goodness of spirit and be yeilding a knife at the same time? This is considered hypocrisy...obviously.

The French have a saying 'the longer you resist...the longer it persists'

All is Well

Fredericks said...

Dear Spirit Walker
Your website is remarkable, and your accomplishment enormous. I am sure Norval would be very proud of you if he could see what you have done to advance his name, his art, and his native brothers and sister.
Your sense of vision for the Morriseau and for the place of native art in the Canadian mosaic is to be respected.

Sincerely

Fredericks:
Fredericks-Artworks, a Portrait of the Visual Arts in Canada, blog.

Anonymous said...

Bravo! Bravo! Spirit Walker. Thank you for providing an outstanding service to art lovers like me throughout the world. As a Morrisseau and general art collector I am amazed at the scope and indepth detail you present on your blog. Reading your blog on a regular basis has given me insights into the pit falls that even an experienced collector like myself tended to ignore. Good solid research. Congratulations on the second anniversary of you blog.

Anonymous said...

Dear Spirit Walker, I wish to add my late congratulations to that of others for the wonderful two years your blog has helped advance the cause of native art. I have spent several interesting days scanning the 151 references posted on your recent blog and am amazed at the research this must have required. One of your earlier postings referred to a Morrisseau research project being undertaken by the Norval Morrissea Heritage Society and directed by a Dr McLuhan of the University of Manitoba. What has been done to date on this project and where can I read more about its scope and intent. I am sure they will value the research you have done. Like the person that gave you two 'bravos', I would like to add the third that is usually the norm in my country.
GB Reader

Anishinaabekwe said...

Congrats and thank you for blogging!