I wish to express my gratitude to the editors and staff of the Art Canada Institute for their unwavering support of this book. Sara Angel’s enthusiasm and dedication to bringing this project to a close has been especially impressive. I also want to thank wholeheartedly Lucy Kenward, my editor, with whom it was an absolute pleasure to work. Any errors or shortcomings in this book are my responsibility.
Without the generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the University of Regina President’s Fund, and the University of Regina’s Humanities Research Institute, the research for this book would not have been possible. I wish also to thank my diligent research assistants, Leisha Grebinski, Bridget Keating, Lydia Miliokas, Caitlyn Jean McMillan, Caitlin Mullan, and Ashton Wiebe. Friends, colleagues, mentors, faculty, and students at the First Nations University of Canada, the University of Regina and beyond deserve my thanks. I am grateful also to the members of the Norval Morrisseau Heritage Society for their encouragement.
Special thanks goes to my family. My daughters, Dagmar and Madelaine, continually inspire me with their zest for life and I thank them for this. To Mark, my husband, words don’t really cut it but thanks for keeping it real. I come from a line of strong Lakota women and I need to thank my grandmother Jean Paquin and my mother, Collette Robertson, for instilling in me their spirit and tenacity. It comes in handy.
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Credit for Cover Image
Credits for Banner Images
Credits for Works by Norval Morrisseau
Credits for Photographs and Works by Other Artists
Art Canada Institute
Massey College, University of Toronto
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Robertson, Carmen, author
Norval Morrisseau : life & work / Carmen Robertson.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents: Biography — Key works — Significance & critical issues — Style &
technique — Sources & resources — Where to see.
ISBN 978-1-4871-0087-2 (pdf).—ISBN 978-1-4871-0088-9 (mobile)
1. Morrisseau, Norval, 1931-2007. 2. Morrisseau, Norval, 1931-2007—Criticism and interpretation. 3. Painters—Canada—Biography. I. Morrisseau, Norval, 1931-2007. Paintings. Selections. II. Art Canada Institute, issuing body II. Title.