Milky Waters is an unframed serigraph of a limited edition print series of 150. The print was made in 2003 by Roy Henry Vickers from the Tsimshian Nation. The print is signed, numbered and titled in original by the artist.
The image is 18 inches or 46 centimeters in diameter. The size of the print itself is 22 inches or 56 centimeters high and 22 inches or 56 centimeters wide.
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The following is quoted from Henry Vickers about this Print: “Every year the herring come back to the waters of the northwest coast to begin their spawning season which awakens the life of the ocean. The sea lions follow the herring and so do all species of salmon. For many thousands of years my ancestors have looked forward to the return of the herring because this meant fresh herring eggs. From the first sign of herring spawn the people ready all manner of ways to harvest the eggs. Young trees are cut and weighted so they can be suspended from an anchor at the ocean floor, to hang submerged for the herring to spawn on the branches. The trees are then pulled from the ocean looking like Christmas trees covered in white herring eggs. The branches are cut and taken back to the village to be prepared for eating. Sea grass is covered with herring eggs and is harvested as well by divers who brave the ice cold waters. Today the most modern method is to hang special kelp from floats; the kelp is eaten along with the eggs.
The excitement begins with the sighting of Milky Waters, which is a phenomenon caused by the milky sperm that the male herring deposits where ever the spawning females are found.
So this is a rendition showing people in a canoe who have just found the creamy colour showing in the ocean, during the time of the moon of MILKY WATERS.”
* Colours of artwork may not be exactly as on screen.