National Gallery of Canada
Norval Morrisseau (called Copper Thunderbird)
Artist and Shaman between Two Worlds, 1980
Acrylic on canvas
© Norval Morrisseau /Gabe Vadas. Courtesy of Kinsman Robinson Galleries, Toronto
Inspired by the new-age religion of Eckankar, Norval Morrisseau’s painting depicts the coming together of two spiritual realms, that of the thunderbird of the upper world and the serpent of the under world. It is also suggestive of the artist’s ability to both inhabit, and move between, these two worlds.