Great Horned Rattlesnake
Acrylic on kraft board
32x42.125inches, 81.28x106.9975cm
By descent - Collection of Dicken Woodsworth (2005); Collection of Kenneth Woodsworth, Vancouver (1960, formerly of the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia); Acquired from the artist (in exchange for legal services - through Jack Pollock). For a similar treatment see Canadian Museum of Civilization Collection, Gatineau, Quebec. Fig. 4, "Untitled (Horned Snake Ojibway Medicine Society) c. 1958-61 and Dr. Joseph Weinstein Collection, Netanya, Israel. Fig. 12 "Untitled (Serpent)" c. 1962) -- both reproduced in Norval Morrisseau: Shaman Artist, Greg A. Hill, National Gallery of Canada, 2006.

Central to Ojibway epistemology is the belief in the "medicine snake," a Manitou, or demi-god, that inhabits the Ojibway pantheon of Manitous. This serpent is associated with shamanic power and healing. -Armand Ruffo
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Barry Ace
Michael Belmore
Robert Davidson
William Forrestall
Michael French
Robert Houle
Henri Masson (Estate)
William McElcheran (Estate)
Norval Morrisseau
John Newman
Jane Ash Poitras
Glenn Priestley
Fred Ross (Estate)
Joseph Sánchez
Arthur Shilling
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