Men's Wallet - Raven Bear
Artist: Andy Everson
Sometimes, I look at our culture and realize how insular we can be. For too many years, the Kwakwaka'wakw people have had to defend their culture from outsiders in an effort to preserve it amidst the onslaught of Euro-Canadian influence. Although often regarded as flamboyant, our material culture has typically been made to be displayed within the setting of the traditional potlatch that is open only to our people and select guests. In recent times, though, we have had the opportunity to share our culture with the outside world. Carving totem poles for clients and selling masks to tourists–heck, even the creation of prints has been a way that we are able to transcend the boundaries and limitations of our culture.
Material: Durable, vegan, man-made faux leather.
Measurements: Approximately 4.5 x 3.75 inches.
Details: 9 credit card slots, large money pocket, clear plastic id slot and 4 additional pockets.
About The Artist
Andy Everson was born in Comox B.C. in 1972 and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. His cultural interests lay with both his Comox and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing, and even the pursuit of a Master's degree in anthropology. Andy feels that my artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments.
Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, his first serious attempt wasn't until 1990 when He started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons he has tried to follow in the footsteps of m Kwakiutl relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.