== Rebirth of a powerful and enchanting art ==__________________________________________________________________________________________
Since the 60’s of the last century, the mazinaajimowinan (pictographs and birch bark writings) of their forefathers have proven to be an endless source of inspiration to the painters and jewelry makers with roots in various communities in the northern Great Lakes area. The typical outline drawing style – which would become known as ‘linear determinatives´ – of the Canadian-based ‘Medicine Painters’ is directly based on the ancient art of the Anishinaabe People. In order to to fit the need of their art practices, the Anishinaabe and Ininewak (Cree) Medicine Painters – led by the late Norval Morrisseau - began to stylize many of these archaic components into a new abstract visual language, which became known throughout the world as THE NEW WOODLAND SCHOOL OF ART.
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Image: Susan Ross, Kitchi-Manitou, oil on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 in.