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Odjig, Daphne

Cultural Group : Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)

Daphne Odjig (Ojibwa/Potawatomi) was born in 1919 on Manitoulin Island, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 1968. She has lived in Kelowna and Penticton for many years. During her teaching years in the 70s and 80s she returned to the Manitoulin Arts School annually to teach summer workshops. The recipient of many honorary degrees, Daphne Odjig was awarded the Order of Canada in 1987. Her paintings are found in many prominent collections worldwide and she has a strong national reputation. She is one of the members of the so-called "Indian Group of Seven" formed in the early 1970s who wanted to win an audience for their work and challenge stereotypes about First Nations people working as contemporary artists. The seven artists are: Jackson Beardy (1944-1984); Eddy Cobiness (1933-1996); Alex Janvier (b. 1935); Norval Morrisseau (1932-2007); Daphne Odjig (b. 1919); Carl Ray (1943-1978); Joseph Sanchez (b. 1948).