Spirit Fish

Spirit Fish, Eleanor Kanasawe, Print, MM249.147

Art in the Woodlands School style comes from the Anishinaabeg of the Great Lakes region. It includes work by Ojibwe, Odawa, Potawatomi, Oji-Cree and Cree artists. This artistic movement was at its height in the 1970s, a period when Indigenous people across North America began more actively expressing ideas of independence and self-determination.  While the term Woodlands School is widely used, it is not a term that all artists feel comfortable with. As among other artists—native and non-native alike—categorical labels such as Woodlands School or Impressionist are sometimes felt as limiting, pigeonholing artists into a single fixed style.