Angry Raven - Unframed 11 x 17
Artist: Andy Everson
Amongst the tribes on the Northwest coast, our history goes far beyond our present-day encounters with this bird. All of our peoples have tales that go back to the beginning of time and offer up the raven as a main protagonist. There are stories where he opens up the box of daylight and releases the sun into the sky. There are other myths where he starts off as a white bird and ends up turning black through his crazy exploits.
Amongst the K’ómoks people, the raven is known for his ridiculous claims. He has a propensity for saying that he can do anything anyone else can do. Through a series of events and outrageous stunts, the raven invariably ends ups embarrassed and in great pain. He doesn’t really learn, though--he only ends up angry and continues to repeat the cycle.
For cultures around the world, the trickster--in whatever form he or she may take--is an incredibly valuable and important figure. Through misdeeds and misadventures, the world is most often set right. While we may be left with an angry raven, the world is gifted a culture hero.
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.