Post by astephenson3 on Mar 7, 2014 10:25:22 GMT -5
My family knew noël well. We have lots of his paintings. He lived down the road from us in Thunder Bay Ontario. He lived in a little house on the fort William First Nation reservation. He was an amazing man and artist.
I lived with Noel Ducharme for a few years and would help him around the home and at his shows. I was able to watch Noel paint for hours on end. He would wake up and start painting pretty well all day. He led an improvished life and he always told me he would be well known after he died. He was very proud to have given his painintg to the queen and had the picture of this up in his living room. He was the sweetest man, very loving and caring. He would tell me many stories of his mother and how amazingly tough she was. He talked about the hardships they faced growing up in Nipigon, Ontario. He said many winters they lived on: tea, bannok, some sugar and lard. He would eat lard sandwiches. He and his mother would trap and hunt. We went to pow wows and he would sell his art. We use to go to the malls in Thunder Bay and also sell there. He would come to Toronto and would do shows every year, he use to stay with my mom when he came down. I really miss Noel and was sad that he died early. He figures that he was not healthy from all the years of not eating well. He had a huge respect for everything around him and he had the greatest laugh.