James “Jimmy Ogun” Norman

James Norman
James Norman

James Norman was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is an Artist, an Author, a Palo Priest, and a Yoruba Priest of Ogun. His first introduction into the Orisha tradition was in the house of Christopher Oliana, where he began crafting ceremonial beadwork. In 1973 James Norman was initiated to the priesthood by Antonio Carmona, becoming the first African-American priest of Ogun. Carmona also initiated Jimmy Ogun into Palo tradition. James Norman has been an active priest in the Orisha and Palo community and has been creating Orisha and Palo beadwork for almost 40 years. He is considered a “Master” in the field of beadwork. James Norman is one of the  artist featured in the “Beads, Body & Soul: Art and Light in the Yoruba Universe” exhibit and book. His beadwork has been exhibited in museums across the United States, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Elvehjem Museum of Art, and the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. The New York Times gave the exhibition a great reviews. NY Times Bead,Body and Soul Review. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact: Balogun1@gmail.com

His work was featured in:

beads body and soul
James Norman’s beaded Ochun Crown, Ochun fan, and ide are featured.

His Ogun Shrine was featured in:

Africa’s Ogun: Old World and New (African Systems of Thought) by Sandra T. Barnes

africas ogun