Framed Art Card - Legacy (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
I grew up with my grandmother teaching me about our culture. She was very important to me. When she passed away in 1997—at 99 years of age—we put an eagle at the peak of her big house. The right to do this was passed to her from father. Every time I look up at the eagle, I think about her and how influential she was to our family and our community in general. Through watching my nieces and nephews dance, I am made to realize that her legacy is stronger now than it ever was before
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.