Faces of the Treaty Empire - Ally
Artist: Andy Everson
Measurements: 8.5" x 11" 100% Cotton Rag Paper
Image Size - 7.7" x 9.7"
What I do know is that under the treaty process, our community has begun to fracture. Our very future as a people is at stake. Will treaty define who we are or will our culture do that? Will treaty lead us to form a “Treaty Empire” or a “Treaty Rebellion”?
When we look around us, we see plenty of people that are opposed to Indigenous peoples taking up their rights. They believe that we “get too much from the government already” or that we’re always “looking for handouts”. They believe that by simply saying that we’re now on an “equal playing field” that somehow we are. We are not…and the modern Treaty system makes sure of that!
What Indigenous people need are allies—individuals who will use their positions of privilege to speak up for Indigenous peoples. Perhaps more importantly, we also need them to listen to what we have to say and not presume that their positions of privilege or authority somehow negate our voice. Indigenous peoples value our allies from all cultures and walks of life and encourage these friends to walk (or roll) together with us into the future.…
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.