Untitled - James Simon, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Manitoulin Island

Image of an untitled painting by Indigenous artist James Simon

Also known by his traditional name of Mishibinijima, James Simon (b. 1954) takes a patient and thoughtful approach to each piece he creates. His work is exhibited and collected all over the world, and includes a portrait commissioned by the Vatican of Pope John Paul II. 

Many of Simon's works include bird figures. The inclusion of cranes and loons in his pieces represent the Ojibwe leadership clans. There are seven Ojibwe clans, each which are known for different skills within the larger community - for example, settling disputes, medicinal knowledge, warriors and poets.