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About The Artist
Daphne Odjig is a Canadian artist of Aboriginal ancestry. She was born September 11,1919 and raised on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island (Lake Huron), Ontario. Daphne Odjig is the daughter of Dominic Odjig and Joyce Peachey. Her father and her grandfather, Chief Jonas Odjig, were Potawatomi, descended from the great chief Black Partridge. Her mother was an English war bride. The Odjig family was among the Potawatomi who migrated north and settled in Wikwemikong after the War of 1812. The Potawatomi (Keepers of the Fire) were members with the Ojibwa and Odawa, of the Three Fires Confederacy of the Great Lakes.
Daphne now lives and works in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada.
"If my work as an artist has somehow helped to open doors between our people and the non-native community, then I am glad. I am even more deeply pleased if it has helped to encourage the young people that have followed our generation, to express their pride in our heritage more openly, more joyfully than I would have ever dared to think possible."
Daphne Odjig’s achievements include, but are not limited to:
- The first, and as of November 2009, the only First Nation woman artist to show at the National Gallery of Canada.
- Order of Canada
- Order of British Columbia
- Seven Honorary Degrees
- National Aboriginal Achievement Award
- Governor General’s Laureate, Visual and Media Arts (Canada’s highest honour in the field of visual arts)
- Expression Award, National Film Board of Canada, in recognition of work that champions Canadian cultural diversity
- Honorary Fellowship, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada