Norval Morrisseau explains that in Shaman and Disciples, he is the Shaman (with beard); the young man on his left is his middle son Brian; the man on his right is his long time friend Shingoose (Curtis Johnnie), musician and actor. The Shaman is teaching his Chelas (students or disciples) from the astral plane (a reference from Theosophy to a plane or level just beyond normal human perception), near the City of Light. Morrisseau believes that he exists on the astral plane spiritually most of the time.

Morrisseau’ symbolism and personal imagery reflect not only his spiritual existence and religious beliefs but also represent traditional legends and cultural values of his people, the Ojibway (also spelled Ojibwe and Ojibwa). His images are composed of colourful stylized forms delineated and separated by strong fluid black outlines which have become characteristic of the Woodland School of Art, an artistic style which was developed by Morrisseau.


Sharona Adamowicz-Clements
Sharona Adamowicz-Clements

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