Noel Ducharme, (1921-1988) an Ojibway was born in Nipigon, Ontario and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He was a self-taught artist who painted in the Woodland style. His paintings, carvings, and silkscreen prints were inspired by the legends told to him by his widowed mother while working together on the traplines. He had a lifelong interest in drawing and painting but turned to art seriously after an accident in 1967 on a Great Lakes freighter left him with a broken hip. In 1973, he received the top award at the McLaughlin Art Gallery show in Ottawa, presented a painting to Queen Elizabeth II, and had a solo exhibit at the Kar Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Ducharme also exhibited with Norval Morrisseau, Carl Ray, Roy Thomas, and Joshim Kakegamic at the the Thunder Bay National Exhibition Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1977. His work is in the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario, and the Indian and Inuit Art Centre, Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, Gatineau, Quebec. .