Noel Ducharme, (1921-1988) an Ojibway, was born in Nipigon, Ontario and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was a self-taught artist who painted in the Woodland style. His paintings, carvings and silkscreen prints were inspired by the legends told to him by his widowed mother while working together on the trap-lines. He had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting but turned to art seriously after an accident on a Great Lakes freighter in 1967 which left him with a broken hip. In 1973, he received the top award at the McLaughlin Art Gallery show in Ottawa and presented a painting to Queen Elizabeth II and also had a solo exhibition at the Kar Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Ducharme also exhibited with Norval Morriesseau, Carl Ray, Roy Thomas and Joshim Kakegamic at the Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1977. His work is in the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Gatineau, Quebec.