Swim for Swans is an unframed serigraph of a limited edition print series of only 80. The print was made in 2014 by Roy Henry Vickers from the Tsimshian Nation. The print is signed, numbered and titled in original by the artist.
The image is 19 inches or 48 centimeters wide and 12 inches or 30.5 centimeters high. The size of the print itself is 22 inches or 56 centimeters wide and 15 inches or 38 centimeters high.
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The following is quoted from Henry Vickers about this Print: “On British Columbia's northwest coast lies the Sacred Headwaters-the source of three of British Columbia's largest salmon-bearing rivers. These rivers are the source of life for all creatures in the area. But what gave life to the rivers themselves?
Astace, a young Gitxsan hunter, is intent on catching a group of swans with his bare hands. He is carried away by the birds' powerful wings and dropped in the clouds. With only a cedar box of water Astace wanders the clouds, growing weaker, stumbling and spilling the contents. When he finally returns to earth he discovers lakes, creeks, and rivers where there were none before. The Gitxsan rejoice at having him home, and name the new river they live alongside Ksien-"juice from the clouds.”
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