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Owyhee River and Canyonlands Print - 12"x18"
Kapuanani Designs

Owyhee River and Canyonlands Print - 12"x18"


The name “Owyhee” derives from an early anglicization of the Hawaiian term “Hawaiʻi.” Many Hawaiians sailed to the Pacific Northwest coast and found employment along the rivers, joining trapping expeditions and working at trading posts. In 1818, three "Owyhee" men joined Donald Mackenzie’s Snake expedition, which went out annually into the Snake country for the North West Company, a Montreal-based organization of Canadian fur traders. The three Hawaiians left the main party during the winter of 1819 to explore the then unknown terrain and never returned. In memory of these three men, British fur trappers called the region “Owyhee”. The river and beautiful canyonlands are still called this today. “Nalowale I ka Wao Akua” means to “Vanish into the Wilderness”. Which except for this little known story, is exactly what our unnamed Kanaka did.

The 12"x18" print is produced on a full-color press on textured stock. Each comes with an informative history about the subject. Print is custom designed by artist Amy Kapuanani Antonio and ships in a mailing tube via USPS mail.

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