Edmond Albert Born in Montana in 1959, Edomond was the fourth of ten children. His mother is
Ojibwa from Great Falls and his father is Cree from Sweet Grass Reservation in
Saskatchewan, Canada. Raised in a village outside of Great Falls the people were
referred to as "Landless Indians." Their village lacked many modern day
essentials. There was no running water, indoor plumbing or heating.
Edmond originally planned to make his career in the forest service. However,
after many years as a firefighter in Montana he felt compelled to return to
school. In 1987, he enrolled in an art class and rediscovered his natural
ability and true calling. For the next ten years he honed his talent by drawing
images from master prints and early photographs of North American Indians. Since
1989 he has entered and won numerous Best of Show and People's Choice awards at
the Great Falls Native American Art Show.
Already a self taught painter, in 1998 Edmond decided to attend the University
of Nevada Las Vegas majoring in art and minoring in art history. Today, many of
Edmond's compositions are of the ceremonial dancers he meets when he attends Pow
Wows in the West. He is moved by the expressive faces and elaborate costumes of
the various tribes. This blend of old world and contemporary/traditional Native
American dance recalls a time of bygone artistry.