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Lacrosse Warrior


  Lacrosse Warrior is the fifth in a series of limited edition prints produced by the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation to honour the game of Lacrosse and one of its greatest coaches and builders – the late Jim Bishop. The original artwork for this piece, as well as future originals will be presented each year as the "Jim Bishop Memorial Award" to the Minto Cup (National Junior A Championship) athlete who best exemplifies leadership, skill, sportsmanship, and the spirit of the game.

This painting was created by Mi'kmaq artist Alan Syliboy, recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. As Alan's exploration of painting and his understanding of Mi'Kmaq spiritualism expanded, his confidence and ability grew with it. Since his family is where he is centered, everything else is exterior. He feels that he has gained the inner strength to conceptualize his spiritualism. Simplicity of line and colour and uncomplicated symbolism now gives his work a cleanness and strength. From this point of beginning he incorporates new themes and mediums to insure his artistic progression. Elements of Mi'kmaq petroglyph records found throughout Nova Scotia provide some inspiration for the developing of his general theme, which is his expression of the pride and understanding attached to his cultural heritage.

Lacrosse Warrior, delves back to the time when many conflicts were avoided, through a game of Lacrosse instead of all-out war. The player himself is symbolized as a hawk, known for its cunning, strength, stamina and keen eyesight, the same attributes needed by the lacrosse player. Represented, however, in a modern fashion to show that the game, while coming from our aboriginal past, has been opened up to any and all players with the hawk's attributes.

Jim Bishop is considered the greatest coach in the history of Canadian Lacrosse. His career spanned 58 years and touched the game at every level and age group as a coach, organizer, manager and promoter. He respected the First Nation peoples for sharing the game with all North Americans. His many accomplishments include winning seven consecutive Minto Cups and initiating efforts at establishing early pro Lacrosse leagues in 1968 and again in 1974-75. "Bish" touched the lives of thousands of young Canadian athletes in a positive manner.

The Foundation will produce 100 prints of Lacrosse Warrior and 300 Posters. Each numbered and signed print will include biographies of the artist and information on the 2003 recipient.

The Foundation's goal is to create a strong future for the game during this time of government cutbacks. In purchasing this print - one in a series - you are investing in the future of Lacrosse. The Foundation will pursue worthwhile projects to help grow the game that would otherwise not be addressed.

To order this print, you can send a cheque/money order, Visa  or Master Card number to:

Canadian Lacrosse Foundation
18 Louisa St., Suite 310
Ottawa, ON
K1R 6Y6

or E-mail your Visa number to to speed up the process.

The cost of each print is $150.00 (Ontario residents add $19.50 for HST ).
Poster versions of this print are also available at a cost of $25.00 plus $7.50 shipping and handling
(Ontario residents add $3.25 for HST).

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks processing time

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