Print Unframed - Woman of Ice (8.5" x 11")
Artist: Andy Everson
As a young child, my partner Erin Brillon was bestowed with the Haida name Ḵalga Jaad, or “Woman-of-Ice”. This name is also currently held by Erin’s maternal grandmother, Evelyn. The name is an important ancestral prerogative that has been in the lineage since the time of the last glaciation. The very first Ḵalga Jaad lead her people to the south to escape the encroaching ice age. Passed down through the generations, this name follows the Haida matrilineal system in going to the first born females of the lineage. Before Evelyn the name was held by Erin’s 6x-great-grandmother Ḵalga Jaad, sometime around the time of first contact with Europeans.
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.