Sunday, March 31, 2013

Who is the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society and why are they continuing to be silent?

 Updated on April 1st, 2013

Norval Morrisseau @ NMHS, Toronto October 2005 [1]

"The Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society was allegedly established at the request of Norval Morrisseau even though he could no longer talk, and mentally he had “left the building.” They were supposed to research, document and preserve his artistic achievement and protect the integrity of his art. They were supposed to achieve this mission by establishing and maintaining a registry of his works, publishing and updating a catalogue raisonne of his artistic output and providing the necessary expertise to authenticate his art."

??????????? WHAT ARE THEY HIDING ???????????

~ Committee members of the NMHS are as follows (CURRENT and PAST):

* Dr. Ruth Phillips - Professor of Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario;
* Greg Hill - Curator of Indigenous Art at National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario;
* Elizabeth McLuhan - Dept. of History, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba;
* Richard H. Baker - Barrister and Solicitor;
* Cindy Bromley - Communications Manager, City of Toronto, Ontario (a NEW member);
* Dr. Carmen Robertson -  An associate professor of contemporary Aboriginal art history in the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan (a NEW member) &
* Dr. Trudy Nicks -  Curator at The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario (a NEW member).
* John Zemanovich - Writer/Stock Broker, Toronto, Ontario (not a member anymore);
* Lee-Ann Martin - Curator of Contemporary Canadian Aboriginal Art, Museum of Civilization (not a member anymore) &
* Viviane Gray - Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Dept. of Indian Affairs & Northern Development, Ottawa, Ontario (not a member anymore).

> NMHS could be contacted at

BLOG MASTER'S COMMENT: Why are they silent? Is their silence approval for what has been happening in Canadian courtrooms and in the Norval Morrisseau Art Market?

If they truly care in "protecting the integrity of Norval Morrisseau's art" they would need to speak up. Their inactions "continue to hurt the legacy" of the man they are supposed to protect. 

Actually they have already "lost all credibility" in the eyes of those whose "art collections and livelihoods" are being "devalued and destroyed."

Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker

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Source (members): opencorporates - NMHS
/The Open Database Of The Corporate World/
Updated 01-Jan-2012 / 31-Mar-2013

[1] - For backround history related to this blog post's photo illustration which involves members of the NMHS please read "Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part I)" & "Norval Morrisseau Declarations Are Hoax /Michele and Gabor Vadas Exposed/ (Part II)".

Blog Master's Note: This post has been updated only two hours after it was posted due to a removal of Mr. John Zemanovich's name from opencorporates' database as a member of the NMHS (click HERE).

Click on the current members names above and/or click HERE to see Google's cache of Mr. Zemanovich's name shown together with current members of the NMHS prior to his name's removal from the list. Also, click HERE & HERE for Mr. John Zemanovich's BEFORE & AFTER information from this website.


* - (Blog Master of the suspended blog
        /established in May 2008; suspended in October 2008/ 


>>> Reference posts:
- Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society,
- The truth behind 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society', - The story which preceded the 'Open Letter to the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society'..., - Deceptions of John Zemanovich (Part I), - Blasphemy (Part II), - Morrisseau's artwork in Auction Houses, Commercial Art Galleries & Museums Around the World, - Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science, - Genuine Morrisseau paintings: Appraised, Authenticated and Forensically Analyzed... & - After 3 years of RCMP & Thunder Bay Police Service investigation no evidence of fraud found.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Colonized Bodies: The Art of Norval Morrisseau

~ Research by the NMHS member

Dr. Carmen Robertson
© University of Regina

Carmen Robertson is on a mission to understand why Anishnaabe artist Norval Morrisseau’s work has been largely overlooked in the history of contemporary Canadian art until recently.

Robertson, an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina, says that discussions about Morrisseau’s work have been eclipsed despite the fact that in 2006 he became the first aboriginal artist to have work shown at the National Gallery of Canada. He was also the first contemporary artist to have work shown in mainstream galleries in Toronto.

Morrisseau, who died in 2007, created contemporary paintings that drew on indigenous aesthetics to explore issues surrounding colonialism, spirituality, and politics. “When you look closely at his work you see some amazing narratives,” explains Robertson. “His work is controversial and it is multilayered; that is what drew me to Norval Morrisseau.”

Still, Robertson explains that despite the many achievements of this artist, the media typically framed him as a noble savage. At times the press fashioned him as a shaman who was deeply connected to nature yet in the next breath cast him as a drunkard. As a result Morrisseau emerged in popular culture as a stereotypical character.

“Morrisseau understood that if he played the part of the shaman, Canadians would be intrigued,” says Robertson, who contends he embraced the shaman identity, in part, as a marketing device. It is as the shaman artist that he is best known, yet that is only one aspect of who he was as an artist. “His art pushes boundaries.”

Robertson explains that Morrisseau’s work was accepted more readily internationally than in his own country. In France, for example, in the late ‘60s he held an important exhibition attended by both Matisse and Picasso.

As part of her research, Robertson will access archives in Paris, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Red Lake, Ontario to complete a book project. As a board member for the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society (NMHS), she is also engaged in the creation of a catalogue raisonné of Morrisseau’s substantial body of work.

“I think his importance within Canadian art history has been undermined and underappreciated because of racialized baggage; so I believe that my project is an opportunity to rethink his role within Canadian art history, not just Canadian aboriginal art history. In fact, it is easy to make a case that Norval Morrisseau was Canada’s greatest artist.”

Robertson’s research is funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

© University of Regina

Source: University of Regina Newsletter

Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter 2013


"Indian Jesus Christ", 53"x27", © 1974 Norval Morrisseau
/Click on image to Enlarge/

"I went through a phase of painting Christian religious pictures, but yet I always saw them with the eyes of the Indian. My mind may have been thinking the way the Christians thought in the Byzantine times. My mind perceives the ritchness, the silver, the jewellery and so on, but when I translate the thoughts that are in my mind, when I put them down on paper or on canvas, something different comes out. It's one thing to visualize the Christian figures and another to paint them."

Norval Morrisseau


* The acrylic painting on paper in this post: "Indian Jesus Christ", 53"x27", © 1974 Norval Morrisseau ; Collection of Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Ottawa, Ontario CANADA; Image of this painting can be found on page 106 in "The Art of Norval Morrisseau" /Sinclair, Lister, Jack Pollock, and Norval Morrisseau/ -Toronto, Ontario: Methuen, 1979/

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Norval Morrisseau Blog part of Educational Resources at Queen's University

~ Assessing Awareness of Aboriginal Realities Project

"This research seeks to develop a measure of what any young Canadian, should know about Aboriginal existence to function as an informed and responsible citizen and to explore the role of secondary education, its administration, its delivery and its results, in providing such knowledge."
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6

~ For list of Educational Resources click HERE & see link about Norval Morrisseau under "Canadian Aboriginal artists: Artists, Authors, and Musicians".

Blog Master's note:  The Norval Morrisseau Blog is an educational initiative dedicated to the promotion of one of Canada’s most renowned Aboriginal artists and creation of a digital archive to honour the legacy of his life’s work.

We have published more than 1,900 posts, thousands of pictures, hundreds of documents (e.g. accredited professional Forensic Document Examiner's reports), related to the art of Norval Morrisseau, so that people around the world who regularly view our blog - museum curators, archivists, fine art collectors, academics, educators, and admirers of fine art - can have a better understanding and appreciation of the long career and singular achievements of this landmark Canadian artist, who was hailed as a “genius” at the very first exhibition he ever held at The Pollock Gallery in September 1962.

Norval was also the most prolific artist in world history, having produced well over 10,000 original artworks. We dedicate this blog to the loyal Norval Morrisseau collectors around the world who represent a legion of collectors outnumbering more than any other leading artist. We are thankful for the tremendous support our educational blog has garnered from countless Morrisseau fans around the world.



>>> Genuine Norval Morrisseau painting currently available for purchase on eBay

~ Great opportunity for a serious collector and/or Institution

 "Spirit Salmon", 26"x48", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau
/Click on image to enlarge and/or click HERE for canvas VERSO/

"Just as a fish swims in any clear northern lake (in a medium that is virtually invisible to the eye) so we, if we are to live all right, should realize we live in a dimension on which our very existence, as people and artists, depends. The dimension is that of connectivity in life shared together in mutual respect… Fish, in spawning runs, seem to urge each other on, to reach safe and secluded lakes, with plentiful food supplies. Once there, they can live more non-competitively." ~ Norval Morrisseau


~ To view detailed images of this genuine Norval Morrisseau acrylic on canvas currently presented on eBay click HERE.

>>> Reference post:
- Signatures on Norval Morrisseau artworks certified by Forensic Science.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

French-language high school in Richmond Hill named after Norval Morrisseau

École secondaire Norval-Morrisseau

French school has chosen new name for artist

Originally published on November 22nd, 2012
Students, parents and staff have chosen a new name for the French-language high school in Richmond Hill.
The school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, has voted unanimously in favour of École secondaire Norval-Morrisseau, honouring one of Canada’s greatest Aboriginal artists.

Known as the “Picasso of the North”, Norval Morrisseau was born in 1932 on the Sand Point Ojibwa Reserve near Thunder Bay. Morisseau’s Ojibwa name means Copper Thunderbird. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1978 to honour his creative body of work.

Mr. Morrisseau, who passed away in 2007, created works depicting the legends of his people, the cultural and political tensions that existed between European and Aboriginal traditions, and his deep spirituality.

In choosing this name, the school is also honouring Mr. Morrisseau as the originator of the Woodlands School of Art, a style adopted by many Aboriginal artists in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jonathan Bouchard, in the board’s communications department, said currently 60 students in grades 7 to 10 are bused to the renovated Wright Street school from across York Region.

He said in the next few years there will be more students and grades 11 and 12 will be added.

Mr. Bouchard said permission for a street sign, bearing the new name of the school, has been requested of the Town of Richmond Hill, and once a permit is given and signs are made, they will be erected at the school.

Conseil scolaire Viamonde extends across southern and central Ontario, providing services to close to 9,450 students in 44 French-language schools.

Visit for more details.

© Copyright Metroland News


--------------/French school has chosen new name for artist/

* Still image from "The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau" - film by NFB © 1974

Law Tips for Bloggers (Part V)

Protecting Confidential Sources

"The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian journalists have a qualified right to protect their confidential sources, provided they can show that the public interest warrants it." 

Ground-breaking journalism needs confidential sources

Sylvia Stead - The Globe and Mail; Originally published on April 24th, 2012
Most original, ground-breaking journalism done in this country depends on confidential sources. While we focus on new media platforms, better presentation, video and more, the heart of the most memorable content comes from sources.

It starts with a strong beat reporter, someone who knows the key newsmakers, the politicians, the business leaders, medical professionals, police, lawyers and others. A good beat reporter demonstrates to those people behind the news that they can be trusted and that they are interested in telling accurate and complete stories.

From that trust, the source will either direct a reporter to a good idea, to important documents or to other newsmakers. At times it involves anonymous quotes or confidential documents leaked by a whistleblower. But more often it is just passing on some information that is not secret, just not publicly known yet and in the public interest.

Without confidential sources, we wouldn’t have known about the sponsorship scandal, Watergate, the tainted blood scandal. Those are the high profile cases, but every day journalism depends on those relationships of trust.

It is interesting to look at the finalists for the 2011 Michener Awards for Public Service Journalism. I would hazard a guess that every single one of these meritorious examples is based on confidential sources and certainly on the best beat reporting. Below are the examples quoted from the Michener website:

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:

CBC Vancouver exposed a toxic and long-standing environment of systemic sexual harassment of women within one of the country’s most treasured institutions. By securing the trust of female RCMP officers, CBC produced a compelling series that achieved swift and meaningful results: an investigation by the Chair of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, a pledge by the federal Public Safety Minister to conduct his own sweeping investigation, and a promise by the new Commissioner of the RCMP to make harassment issues his first priority.

The Globe and Mail:

The Globe and Mail achieved clear results with its investigation into Ontario government policies for funding cancer drugs for patients. The newspaper’s dogged and exemplary reporting exposed flaws and confusion within existing policies concerning the funding of Herceptin, an expensive drug to treat breast cancer. As a result, the province changed its funding policy for the drug, created a new evidence-building program designed to improve decision-making about when to pay for certain cancer treatments, and directed Cancer Care Ontario to review its guidelines for approving new drugs.

La Presse:

It was only when investigative reporters at La Presse revealed the findings of two secret engineering reports that readers discovered that the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, the most heavily travelled span in Canada, was falling apart and in desperate need of replacement. La Presse shed light on an urgent public safety problem that had not previously been revealed to the public. The coverage had a resounding impact: it sparked an intense public debate and became an important issue in the federal election campaign and in October the federal government promised to build a new bridge by 2021.

Times Colonist:

The Times Colonist in Victoria used its resources and expertise to expose a stealth policy by the B.C. government that forced people with developmental disabilities to move from group homes to cheaper accommodation. The newspaper’s sustained campaign – featuring many personal stories of developmentally disabled individuals and their families struggling with government cutbacks – spoke for the powerless and the voiceless. The coverage forced the province to change course and commit $40-million to improve services, demote the minister of social development and announce policy changes. As well, the CEO of Community Living BC resigned and an internal audit of its operations were ordered.

The Toronto Star:

The Toronto Star took readers into the heart of an unaccountable and arrogant non-profit agency that runs Ontario’s air ambulance service, known as ORNGE. Stories revealed a stunning lack of government oversight at a critical public service where senior managers benefitted over those people the air ambulance service was supposed to help. The Star’s tenacious reporting led to the removal of ORNGE’s management and board. Air response for patients has been improved and a new accountability structure put in place. The provincial auditor general expanded his probe into activities at ORNGE and a criminal investigation is underway.

The Windsor Star:

The Windsor Star showed courage and determination in exposing a web of brutality and deceit within the Windsor Police Service. The shocking beating of a local doctor by a Windsor detective led the newspaper to court documents and to uncover more incidents that validated a disturbing pattern of violence against innocent civilians, unethical behaviour, and cover-ups within the police service over a number of years. The stories led to the resignation of the police chief, an investigation by the Ontario Office of the Independent Police Review Director, and an overhaul of the Windsor Police Service’s integrity and ethics policies.

To read this 'Globe and Mail' article in its entirety click HERE


--------------/Ground-breaking journalism needs confidential sources/

What media and others have to say?-
The Canadian Journalism Project: What exactly is responsible journalism?, Toronto Star: Ruling bolsters media’s right to protect sources, New York Magazine: Welcome to the Sausage Factory,
The Next WebBlogging vs. Journalism: The Ongoing Debate.

"Journalists should be forced to reveal their sources only when there is no other alternative to get the information and when disclosing identifies is vital to the administration of justice." The Supreme Court of Canada

>>> Reference posts:
- Ontario Libel and Slander Act R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER L.12,
- Constitutional Law: 'Freedom of Expression in Canada',
- Grant v. Torstar and the defence of responsible communication: implications for bloggers and users of other online media,
- Law Tips for Bloggers (Part I) /Burden of Proof in a Civil Lawsuit/,
- Law Tips for Bloggers (Part II) /Defamation Law/,
- Law Tips for Bloggers (Part III) /SLAPP Suits/ &
- Law Tips for Bloggers (Part IV) /Hyperlinking and Defamation/

Friday, March 15, 2013

>>> Genuine Morrisseau painting, Royal Ontario Museum wanted to acquire, available for purchase

~ Great opportunity for a serious collector and/or Institution

"Untitled" [Merman], 17"x38", © 1987 Norval Morrisseau
~ acrylic on stretched deer hide; ACQUIRED DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTIST 
/Click on image to enlarge and/or click HERE for detail of the Cree syllabics signature on front and click HERE to view this painting's reverse side/

"Nepii-Naba, the merman, who brought good luck to those who offered him tobacco and, in return, helped Indians to travel safely on lakes and rivers." ~ Norval Morrisseau *
>>> Declaration by Mr. David Barnes:
"The above Genuine Norval Morrisseau artwork comes with irrefutable provenance directly back to the artist himself. Norval Morrisseau painted this artwork in January 1987. I acquired this painting on September 16th, 2006 from Mr. Galal Helmy, owner of the Maligne Canyon Restaurant & Gift Shop in Jasper, Alberta and EA Studios. The gift shop has  a spectacular collection of original Native Indian and Inuit art. Well-known artists include Norval Morrisseau, Eddy Cobiness, Jackson Beardy and the Hunt family of the Kwakiutl Nation.

Mr. Galal Helmy

Norval Morrisseau lived in Jasper from 1985 until early 1987. Mr. Galal Helmy says Morrisseau returned there in June 1987, and stayed until December 1987 when he returned back to Vancouver.

Mr.Helmy purchased hundreds of paintings directly from Norval Morrisseau which he produced while stayed at his premises. Mr. Helmy says that he took a photo of the artist with a painting for every artwork he had ever acquired from Norval Morrisseau.

The Government of Canada has often asked for pieces of Galal Helmy's collection to be included in their Canadian Museum of Civilization. Mr. Galal Helmy donated one of the Norval Morrisseau's artworks to the same institution "Self Portrait", 1986 which was exhibited at "NORVAL MORRISSEAU - SHAMAN ARTIST" held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario from February 3rd to April 30th, 2006. This was the first solo exhibition featuring a First Nations artist in 126-year history of the National Gallery of Canada.

Mr. Galal Helmy with Mr. David Barnes, September 2006

This painting I am offering for sale is an untitled acrylic painting on stretched deer hide of a merman. The size of this artwork is 17”x 38” and it was signed ‘Copper Thunderbird’ in Cree syllabics on the front and was stretched over a wood frame (click HERE & HERE).
Dr. Trudy Nicks, who is Senior Curator in the World Cultures Department at The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) received this artwork from me on November 19th, 2008 as she intended to purchase it on behaf of this prominent instutution. ROM placed it in their cryogenic freezer while they actively searched for donations to buy it. They kept it for a year but it was returned to me on November 25th, 2009 by Ms. Tracy Forster, technician in the World Cultures Department at ROM as their institution was not able to raise the necessary funds. So I kept it in the museum packaging and put it in storage (click HERE). 

Dr. Trudy Nicks - Senior Curator
at Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

This painting which has not really needed a formal authentication as it originates from the prominent collection of Mr. Galal Helmy who acquired this artwork directly from the artist, was nevertheless re-authenticated by reliable outside sources. The request for re-authentication on behalf of the ROM was made by Dr. Trudy Nicks of the Royal Ontario Museum and was successfully completed.
I am offering this painting for sale through this platform as I believe it to be "an educational initiative dedicated to the promotion of one of Canada’s most renowned Aboriginal artists" which honours his artistic legacy more than I have ever seen in the cyberspace to date.

David Barnes, Orangeville ON

March 2013 " 



~ To see full documented history of this genuine Norval Morrisseau artwork as described above click HERE and to contact Mr. David Barnes click HERE.

Quoatation of Norval Morrisseau from the book "Legends Of My People The Great Ojibway" /The Ryerson Press, 1965/

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Norval Morrisseau 82nd Birthday Anniversary

Ozaawaabiko-binesi ~ Copper Thunderbird ~ Miskwaabik Animikii

March 14th, 1931 /1932 or 1933/ - March 14th 2013

My Name is Norval Morrisseau...

"I was born in Forth William, Ontario - it's now part of Thunder Bay - on March 14th, 1931. There were nine of us, all boys. My mother and father were both Ojibway, but my mother was more Ojibway than my father; my father was partly half-breed French." [1]


[1] - THE ART OF NORVAL MORRISSEAU ('Jack Pollock's Book') /Lister Sinclair, Jack Pollock, and Norval Morrisseau/; ISBN: 0-458-93820-3 /Toronto, Ontario: Methuen, 1979./;
~ Page 41 ~
* Artwork by White Bear Standing (Algonquin Nation)

Friday, March 8, 2013

NORVAL MORRISSEAU BLOG Celebrates The International Women's Day 2013


"Mother and Child", acrylic on canvas, © 1977 Norval Morrisseau

"My people believe the earth to be their mother and that we are children of the earth. In spirit we are one with our environment."
Norval Morrisseau -


Note: Events are scheduled to take place in more than 100 countries around the world on March 8, 2013, to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD).

* The painting in this post: "Mother and Child", 35"x33", © 1977 Norval Morrisseau; PROVENANCE: Acquired from private collection of Mr. Rolf Schneiders, Thunder Bay, Ontario /Private collection of Ugo Matulić a.k.a. Spirit Walker, Calgary, Alberta CANADA/