‘Swan’ by Rande Cook – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: ¼” crease / bend in upper right corner of the paper, easily covered with matting. Image is not affected.
Description by Artist: Swan – This origin story comes from my grandfather, Harry Mountain a Hereditary Chief from Village Island. In the beginning, there was a swan who transformed himself into a man near a place called Knight’s Inlet. The Village Islanders had occupied land there. It was there that the swan had transformed and started his tribe. There is a dance that the Mountain family has which shows this origin. Among other things, the swan is a beautiful creature and has been known to mate for life.
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This limited edition silkscreen print titled “Swan” by Rande Cook was published in November, 2002. It was hand produced by the screenprinting process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist was involved in the printmaking, checking the stencils and signing each copy in the edition: 200 signed and numbered copies, 20 artist’s proofs, 1 printer’s proof. 3 Hors de Commerce copies exist and are defaced and all other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.