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Benjamin Che Che
Province of Quebec, Canada
Mother and Child -1976
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Oil on paper 24 x 19 inch - 1970's Frame 30 x 25 - metal brush aluminium
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     Benjamin Che Che (1944-1977): 

Kenneth Thomas Chee Chee (March 26, 1944 – March 11, 1977), known as Benjamin Chee Chee, was a Canadian artist of Ojibwa descent. He was born in Temagami, Ontario. Chee Chee's early life was troubled and he lost track of his mother, whom he spent many years searching for. He moved to Montreal in 1965 where he developed his love of drawing, and moved back to Ottawa in 1973.

Chee Chee's first exhibition was held in 1973 at the University of Ottawa. Soon after he gained fame as he developed his unique style of clear graceful lines and minimal colour, depicting birds and animals. Though his art featured a great deal of iconography often used by Canadian First Nations artists, Chee Chee had denied his art had symbolic meaning. He instead referred to the animals featured in his art as "creatures of the present". He also specifically referred to himself as an Ojibway artist, as opposed to allowing himself to be categorized under the broader net of simply an "Indian" artist.

After finding his mother and achieving success as an artist, Chee Chee died by suicide in an Ottawa jail in 1977. He was buried in Notre Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario. Chee Chee's work has been exhibited posthumously throughout Canada.

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The Ojibwe, Ojibwa, Chippewa, or Saulteaux are an Anishinaabeg group of Indigenous Peoples in North America, which is referred to by many of its Indigenous peoples as Turtle Island. They live in Canada and the United States and are one of the largest Indigenous ethnic groups north of the Rio Grande. In Canada, they are the second-largest First Nations population, surpassed only by the Cree. In the United States, they have the fifth-largest population among Native American tribes, surpassed in number only by the Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw and Lakota-Dakota-Nakota people.

The Ojibwe people traditionally have spoken the Ojibwe language, a branch of the Algonquian language family. They are part of the Council of Three Fires and the Anishinaabeg, which include the Algonquin, Nipissing, Oji-Cree, Odawa and the Potawatomi. They also through the Saulteaux branch were a part of the Iron Confederacy joining the Cree, Assiniboine and, Metis.

The majority of the Ojibwe people live in Canada. There are 77,940 mainline Ojibwe; 76,760 Saulteaux and 8,770 Mississaugas, organized in 125 bands, and living from western Quebec to eastern British Columbia. As of 2010, Ojibwe in the US census population is 170,742.

Ojibwe are known for their birch bark canoes, birch bark scrolls, mining and trade in copper, and cultivation of wild rice and, Maple syrup. Their Midewiwin Society is well respected as the keeper of detailed and complex scrolls of events, oral history, songs, maps, memories, stories, geometry, and mathematics.] It is theorized that the Ojibwa created the Dreamcatcher, although it gained more recognition in the Pan-Indianism movement of the 1970s.

The Ojibwe people set the agenda with European-Canadian leaders by signing detailed treaties before they allowed many European settlers into their western areas.

The Woodland School Of Art, also named Woodlands style, Woodlands School, or Anishnabe painting, is a genre of painting among First Nations and Native American artists from the Great Lakes area - including northern Ontario and southwestern Manitoba. The majority of the Woodland artists belong to the Anishinaabeg - notably the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi, as well as the Oji-Cree and the Cree. The style is also known as Legend Painting or Medicine Painting.]


The style was founded by Norval Morrisseau, a First Nations Ojibwe artist from Northern Ontario, Canada.[2] He learned Ojibwe history and culture primarily from his grandfather Moses "Potan" Nanakonagos and in the 1950s collected traditional narratives from his tribe. This oral history has provided inspiration and subject matter for his paintings, and he drew upon dreams and visions.  Morrisseau said, "all my painting and drawing is really a continuation of the shaman's scrolls." Ojibwe intaglio, pictographs, petrographs rock art and birch bark scrolls, Wiigwaasabak, were stylistic antecedents of the Woodland style.


This visionary style emphasizes outlines and x-ray views of people, animals, and plant life.[1] Colours are vivid, even garish. While Morrisseau painted on birch bark initially, the media of Woodland style tends to be western, such as acrylic, gouache, or watercolor paints on paper, wood panels, or canvas.

Woodland style artists

               Jackson Beardy (Anishinini, 1944–1984)

               Benjamin Chee Chee (Ojibwe, 1944–1977)

               Shirley Cheechoo (Cree, b. 1952)

               Kelly Church (Odawa-Ojibwe, b. 1967)

               Eddy Cobiness (Ojibwe, 1933–1996)

               Blake Debassige (M'Chigeeng Ojibwe, b. 1956)

               Maurice DeLangis (ᕿᓇᐅᔭ Onedia of the Thames b. 1959)

               Abe Kakepetum (Sandy Lake Oji-Cree)

               Tom Hogan, (Ojibwe, 1955–2014)

               Norval Morrisseau (ᒥᐢᒁᐱᐦᐠ ᐊᓂᒥᐦᑮ / Miskwaabik Animikii) (Bingwi Neyaashi Ojibwe, ca. 1932–2007)

               Daphne Odjig (Odawa-Potawatomi, 1919–2016)

               Carl Ray (Sandy Lake Cree, 1943–1978)

               Brian Marion (Ojibwe, 1960–2011))

               Roy Thomas (Anishinaabe, 1949–2004)

               Jackie Traverse (Anishinaabe, b. 1968)

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