First Nations Limited Editions, Prints and Canvas
First Nations people are descendants of the original inhabitants of Canada who lived here for many thousands of years before explorers arrived from Europe. These people were once called Indians, but this term is now known to be incorrect and originated when early
European explorers thought they were in India when they landed in North America, so they called the original inhabitants "Indians." Many people who were misnamed "Indians" now prefer to be called First Nations. First Nations people identify themselves by the nation to which they belong, for example, Ojibwe, Mohawk, Cree, Oneida, and so on. First Nations are distinguished from Aboriginal in that First Nations does not include Métis and Inuit. The term Aboriginal is inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. In the cultural sphere, the vibrant, pictograph-inspired Woodlands School of art, typified by the spiritual work of the late Norval Morrisseau, gained prominence for Anishinaabe artists in the 1970s and 1980s. Contemporary Anishinaabe artists have entrenched themselves in the mainstream of the international art community and often use traditional imagery in installations, performance, sculpture and painting to make overt political statements about contemporary Indigenous realities.The Phoenix Collection recognizes the important contributions made to Canada's artistic and cultural heritage by First Nations artists. As avid collectors ourselves, we are proud to showcase First Nations art. Our growing collection features the masterful work of several of the most collected First Nations artists, among them Clemance Wescoup, Norval Morrisseau, Isaac Bignell, Benjamin Chee Chee, Jim Oskineegish, Maxine Noel and many more.