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Photo: Martin Loft
Born in 1968, Ojibway-Cree artist, Norman Achneepineskum was raised at the Pays Plat Reserve where his family settled in 1971 after having lived on a trap-line in Northern Ontario. His last name means “trapped by an early spring”.
All his family members are creative crafts people
active in the making of cradle boards, moccasins, drums, snowshoes, and
Norman is also a craftsman, a pow-wow singer, and a prolific artist. With an oil painting kit he received as a gift at the age of ten, he began painting images close to home such as ducks, geese, and eagles. Norman is a self-taught artist, and is currently painting with acrylics.
In 1992, he left Ontario and moved to Kanesatake where he presently lives. It is only in the past few years that he has been devoting most of his time perfecting his craft. Though his work is not yet widely known, he is quietly building what is certain to be a successful art career.