Framed Art Card - Moonlit Monologue 12" x 9"
Artist: Andy Everson
In nature, we often witness this same phenomenon as ravens harass nearby eagles. The raven sits on its branch spewing out an endless string of caws while the eagle stares out looking down to the valley below. Sometimes it’s only the moon that gets to bear witness to this comical spectacle: G̱wa g̱wa g̱wa! as the eagle waits for the monologue to end.
Amongst my grandmother’s great-grandmother’s people, the Tlingit, you are either an eagle or a raven and you always marry someone from the opposite clan. I’m sure up in Alaska many an eagle has been put under the siege of a raven’s soliloquy. Sitting on a deck overlooking the magnificent scenery, one stares off into space while the other goes on and on and on. G̱wa g̱wa g̱wa! as the eagle waits for the monologue to end.
My family has both crests. There are times when I feel proud and majestic like the eagle and other times I feel like the pesky raven: G̱wa g̱wa g̱wa!
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.