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Google honours Norval Morrisseau on National Indigenous People's Day

Two artists originally from Northwestern Ontario illustrated the Google doodle.
Google doodle
The Google doodle on Jun. 21, 2022 honours the late artist Norval Morrisseau (Blake Angeconeb/Danielle Morrison/Google Canada)

WINNIPEG — Tuesday's Google Canada doodle honours the life and legacy of Northwestern Ontario Indigenous artist Norval Morrisseau.

Anyone using the search engine on National Indigenous People's Day will see the resemblance to the late artist's unique style.

The doodle was conceived and illustrated by a Winnipeg couple, Blake Angeconeb and Danielle Morrison, who are originally from Lac Seul First Nation and Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing (near Morson, Ontario) respectively.

Google says the artwork includes a myriad of vibrant colours, an ode to Morrisseau's Ojibwe name of Copper Thunderbird, a portrait of the late founder of the Woodland style of art, and traditional Anishinaabe florals.

In a social media post, Angeconeb said the work was a collaboration with Morrison in partnership with Morrisseau's estate.

"It is a great honour to pay home this Indigenous People's Day to Norval in art form. He shattered stereotypes and paved the way for Indigenous artists like us," he said.

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