Daphne Odjig: A Brief Biography

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Daphne Odjig was born in September 11, 1919 to Joyce Peachey and Dominic Odjig. She grew up with siblings Stanley, Winnifred and Donavan in the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve (Manitoulin Island, Northern Ontario). Odjig was educated in art in Ottawa, then moved to Sweden to continue her studies. Her first major art piece was her pen and ink drawings of Cree people from northern Manitoba. In 1973, she became a founder of the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporation, and in 1974 she opened the first Canadian gallery representing First Nations art in Winnipeg. For her efforts, she has received many different awards and honours, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1998, and the Governor General’s award in Visual and Media arts. As well, in 2007, she was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia.…show more content…
She is a well known artist who has made many different paintings and drawings symbolic to her native culture. Some examples of her work are: ‘Tribute to the Great Chiefs of the Past’ in 1975, ‘Roots’ in 1979, and ‘Thunderbird Man’ in 1988. Currently, Daphne Odjig is 96 years old, and she has produced 16 works of art, “more than artists half her age could have
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