Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Daphne Odjig, Ojibway Artist

Daphne Odjig was born in 1919, of mixed parentage. Her mother was an English war bride and her father was Ojibway. Daphne was born on Wikewemikong Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Daphne's abilities became noticed after Norval Morriseau set native art into a place of prominence, and she had her first showing in Port Arthur (Now Thunder Bay), in 1967.

Wikipedia attributes Daphne to be the initiator of the Native Artists Group of Seven after their first meeting at her home in Winnipeg. She followed that by creating the Native Artists Professional Association.

Daphne was the only female member of the Woodland Art Group of Seven and her works were noted for the value she placed on female and family values.

Daphne received her tribe's noted Eagle Feather and the Order of Canada and a 1998 Aboriginal Achievement Award.

Please check this reference site:

Also: Click here for the Wikipedia source.


  1. Sounds like a life well-lived...good for her.

  2. Monica deRegt ( 13, 2010 at 7:24 p.m.

    We have four ink sketches of native art signed "Odjig" with a date of 1967. We have always wondered if we were holding onto valuable or original art, and are wondering if there is a way to find out if they are by Daphne Odjig. Could you advise?


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