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Memorable Manitobans: Jackson Beardy (1945-1984)

Artist, writer.

Born at the Garden Hill Reserve, he was a Cree artist, a pioneer in expressing the new iconography of his people by reconceptualizing Native symbolism. He made headlines when he was denied admission to his own exhibit at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 1970. He compiled Cree Indian Legends from Northern Manitoba (1971). In the 1970s, a newspaper reporter dubbed him a member of the “Indian Group of Seven” that also included Daphne Odjig, Norval Morriseau, Alex Janvier, Joseph Sanchez, Eddie Cobiness, and Carl Ray.

See also:

Jackson Beardy: Life and Art by Kenneth James Hughes (1979).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

“Aboriginal artist’s career spanned six decades,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 October 2016

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