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Norval Morrisseau was born 1932 in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) and lived in Beardmore, Ontario, north of Lake Nipigon.

Morrisseau was the first Eastern Woodlands artist to translate his culture (Anishnaabe or Ojibway) visually, through acrylic paintings, prints and drawings accessible to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. He invented the pictographic style, now used by three generations of Aboriginal artists. Norval Morrisseau died in 2007.

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