Norval Morrisseau is known as the grandfather of native art in Canada. His vision of himself and his people created the possibility that native artists would have a major impact on the cultural revival of Ojibwa values. Norval Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people, as well as the cultural and political tensions between native Canadian and European traditions, his existential struggles, and his deep spirituality and mysticism. The students of Fruitvale elementary delved into Morriseau's history and studied his distinct artistic style. They also had the opportunity to talk with Morriseau's family member who gave them a glimpse into Morriseaus personal life and his views on art and music. Morrisseau was passionate about arts education and dedicated his later years to teaching children before he died in 2007. Fruitvale Elementary School honours Morrisseau’s life, work and legacy with their group mosaic.
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