Framed Art Card - Hase (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
From across the room, you’d know Glenny was there. You’d hear his infectious laugh and see those mischievous eyes and dimples. He’d go out of his way to say “hi” and to visit with friends and family; he’d go out of his way to help out in any way possible. You knew that he had something within him that you don’t see every day. He had a special hase’, or breath of life, passed down from his ancestors. It guided him to live a life driven by his culture and his love for family, yet tempered by his innate desire to have fun and to laugh and to play.
Glenny would love to spend time in and around his village of Gwa’yi. He would head up into the mountains to sit and connect with his territory: breathing the air of the trees and the wolves and his ancestors. He would carry that hase’ into the bighouse where he would take on the role of several men. With his friendly demeanor, he would make the uncomfortable feel at ease, but wouldn’t be afraid to correct those making mistakes. Bighouse law is bighouse law and Glen would use his breath to enforce its rules.
By being in the same room, same bighouse and same community we have breathed the same air. By sharing laughs and tears, we have come to share in Glen’s hase’. Our ancestral hase’ is within each of us and we share it through the words that pass on to one another. We continue our way of life by passing these words on to our children. It is comforting to know that Glen’s hase’ has passed onto his children and has been shared with each and every one of us this weekend.
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.