POWELL SWANSER~ ARTIST
JOHN COLTER'S "BLADES OF COURAGE"
POWELL SWANSER is a self taught artist, originally from a log cabin homestead, 52 miles down into the rough, Missouri River Breaks of Eastern Montana and from a long line of pioneers and trailblazers. He now lives with his wife Tazun in the Rocky Mountains near Missoula, Montana in Big Sky Country. Swanser's paintings, sculptures and hand made blades are owned by the rich and famous. His work is world renowned. Swanser is a relative of the great mountain man, John Colter, hunter, guide and "sign talker" for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. "We must prepare ourselves for great suffering", were the words of the brave Shoshone girl Sacajawea, the only woman of the Expedition. "The Hard Way of the Long Knives to the Salt Water of the Setting Sun"...had begun. Out front on horseback was John Colter with his 54 calibur flintlock and his feared and coveted blades. His smaller knife, the "Wolffang" was strapped down to his snakeboot. His tomahawk was packed on his belt along with his big blade, the "Grizzly Chisel". The Indians called these weapons the "COURAGE BLADES". John Colter's "likeness" was to be enshrined at Mt. Rushmore but no image of him could ever be found. He was replaced by Theodore Roosevelt. Powell Swanser is currently in the process of writing a series of books on Colter, the mountain man who discovered and mapped Wyoming's Sunlight Basin, the Teton Mountains and the geysers of Yellowstone...and helped to lead Lewis and Clark to the Pacific. Swanser is replicating John Colter's "Blades of Courage". Twenty five handmade, signed and numbered battle blade sets with display box and certificate of authenticity are being created for museums, collectors and some of the most important names in America. This unique collection work is scheduled for the Smithsonian. This is AMERICAN HISTORY, priced at $5,500 per set. Some sets are still available on a first come, first served basis.
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