Canada NAN Sandy Lake

 

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Eugene Morriseau Thunder Bay

 

 Eugene Morriseau

 

To Introduce Myself

 

 

 

Eugene Morriseau

     My name is Eugene Morriseau. I currently live in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  a member of Sandy Lake First Nation which is my home community.
I am one of seven of Norval Morrisseau’s children.

I am inspired by other peoples’ artwork. My other inspirations come from listening to my elders passing down stories. I try to visualize these stories and bring those images into my paintings. Each of my paintings has its own story.

Some of the people who inspired me were my uncles, Joshim Kakegamic and Goyce Kakegamic. They were the brothers-in-law of my father, Norval Morrisseau. These three people planted the seed in me to paint by letting me help them with their work when I was young.

I knew I had the talent. One of my biggest inspirations was watching my father paint when I was a boy. He used to tell me stories about the paintings and their meanings. I was too young to understand them at the time.
Back in the year of 2000, the seven of us were with my father in Thunder Bay. One evening he asked us, “Come and sit with me here”. He asked, “When I pass on, will my colours die?” After a silence, I responded, “Do you know how many generations you inspired through your artwork?”

There are four of us that inherited our father’s talent, me, Christian, David and my sister Lisa. I am a self-taught artist.
My inspiration is my father, Norval Morrisseau. Through my artwork, I would like to carry on my father’s colours in my own unique way.  When I am painting, sitting there, using the paints and colours, this is when my ideas and images come to me.

I am so grateful and fortunate to have inherited my father’s talent and to be able to carry on the Morrisseau name for my kids and future generations to come. “Your colours will live on!”
“Your colours will not die. Your colours will live on for the future generations to come. We will carry your colours.”

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My Heritage

 

 Eugene Morriseau
 


 Eugene Morriseau

Eugene is the third son of a world renowned First Nation Artist, Norval and Harriet Morrisseau. He was born in 1964, in Red Lake, Ontario.
 
He spent his early childhood years with his parents in Sandy Lake First Nation, a fly-in reserve 150 miles north of Red Lake Ontario. When he was five, he moved to Red Lake to live with his grandparents, Patricia and David Kakegamic (parents of artist, Goyce Kakegamic). He attended school until he was 14 years old and moved back to Sandy Lake with his grandparents.

Eugene married Joan Kakegamic in 1982 and had four children. In 2001 they separated and Eugene moved to Thunder Bay where he lives today, returning often to Sandy Lake to be with his family and friends.
Eugene’s late father, Norval Morrisseau, contracted tuberculosis in 1956 and was sent to Fort William Sanitarium to recover. There he met his future wife Harriet Kakegamic with whom he had seven children, Victoria, Michael, Eugene, Peter, David, Lisa and Christian.

Norval Morrisseau, CM, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was an Aboriginal Canadian artist. Known as the "Picasso of the North", Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people.
Eugene and Dad, 2000 in Victoriaville Centre, Thunder Bay

 Norval and son Eugene
Norval Morrisseau  and son Eugene Morriseau 2000 or 2001


One thing I am so happy about to this day is that me and my brother Christian had the opportunity to go get him in Nanaimo BC and bring him home for the last time to see his kids, grandchildren, great- grandchildren and for ‘OUR CHILDREN’ to see their grandfather in person and the Elders that knew him. He would always ask me about our Elders from Sandy Lake, who was still around. Unfortunately I had to tell him that most of the Elders that he knew had left to their final journey. He was kind of sad. I gave him the tour of Sandy Lake First Nations. It's been a while. He says to me this place is big, it's not bushy anymore. I had to tell him where Center and River was. He asked about the trail that goes to the boardwalk. He must have used that boardwalk back then, and where RC was located in the reserve. So I said to him again, “This is where you got your woman from, DAD”, my late mom, Harriet (Kakegamic) Morrisseau. I think to this day he was actually, totally happy to come back to Sandy. He probably thought he would never come back here again. Isn't it ironic how things come back in full circle. This was where they had their first baby girl together, my Sister Victoria. They lived here together, here in Sandy where our roots come from. Now they are together, for eternity, side by side. One of my dad's last wishes was to be buried next to his wife,"FOR ETERNITY", he asked us, his ‘CHILDREN’. We all said ok. Rest in peace, my parents.

 

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Norval Morrisseau

 
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