Monochromatic pictographs range from simple shapes, to entire panels, and like those painted by Paula's prehistoric ancestors, the images were usually created to tell a story, make a statement, or document an event.
Copy of Pictured Lake Pictograph
Copy of Moose - Lake Superior
Copy of Bison - Cliff Lake
Copy of Blood Vein River Canoe
Mythology and pictographs
A mythological being which figures greatly in the history of the Anishinaabeg is Mishipeshu or Mishibijiw (in Ojibwe), which translates to ‘The Great Lynx,’ but also referred to as the Underwater Panther.
This creature appears in stories among the Ojibwe and other Algonquin peoples surrounding the Great Lakes. A well-known pictograph image of Mishipeshu is located in Agawa pictograph site in Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario (see inset).
Mishipeshu shown in upper right above and in abstract below
Norval Morrisseau; A tribute
Norval Morrisseau is the grandfather of Native art in Canada. He was also known as the Picasso of the North.
His vision: Native artists would have a major impact on the cultural revival of Ojibwe values.
Morrisseau was born on the Sandy Point Reserve near Beardmore, Ontario, on March 14, 1932. He was raised by his mother's parents; Moses Nanakonagos (Potan) and his wife Veronique, who lived on the Gull Bay shore of Lake Nipigon.
Grandpa Potan was a Midewinini and Jissakan; a devout holy man and a ‘shaking tent’ prophet among his people. Up until age eight, Norval learned stories, responsibilities and spiritual concepts from his grandfather. After that he was taken away to a residential school in Fort William.
Circumstances deprived Morrisseau of receiving a formal education however, while still in his teens, he was recognized for his knowledge of traditional cultural information. Following work as an informant with noted authorities in the field, and after enduring hard work as a miner, Norval eventually 'took the plunge,' and began painting vigorously in the 1960's.
He is the creator of the pictographic style of modern Native painting which would be come known as Woodlands School. His style has also been referred to as "legend painting," and "X-ray art."