Brian "Little Hummingbird" Marion a.k.a. Forever Thunderbird - 1960-201
Brian Marion was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan in 1960. He grew up among the Saulteaux and Cree of the Prairies and the Ojibway people of Northwestern Ontario. At the age of 15, Brian began a nine year apprenticeship with Norval Morrisseau, considered to be the Father of the Canadian Woodland Aboriginal style of art. According to Morrrisseau, "during those years of training, Brian learned both the spiritualism of the Ojibway culture and the techniques of Shaman art." "As an artist," Morrisseau continues, "he has learned to apply colour to forms that were derived, in part, from ancient pictographs still found in the central region of Canada. While he developed his artisitic talents, he was taught to use the meanings of the legends as a basis for the composition of his paintings. He has acquired the knowledge from the visions of our people and has come to understand our close ties with nature. He has been able to get inspiration from his native spirituality and with the blessing of the Creator, add his own emotional and intuitive interpretations to produce beautiful art."