Framed Art Card - Protection (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
For the Kwakwaka'wakw, killer whales are seen as our relatives. In my family, the maxinux is the main crest from my grandfather. As long as we treat them with respect, they will respond in kind. We used to travel great distances by carved dugout canoe and would often be greeted by great plumes of misty air as the orcas would breach nearby. As one of the more powerful creatures in the sea, a killer whale could easily lift a canoe and all of its occupants to deposit them into the frigid ocean. They didn't. They would talk to us and we would talk back in mutual admiration and respect.
As with humans, orcas will most often live together in groups,they rely on each others' protection and companionship. Also similar to people, there is nothing stronger than the maternal bond between mother and calf. For two years, a calf will breast feed and bond with its mother. For 13 more years, it will mature while playing and exploring under its mother's watchful eye. It will feel a true sense of protection.
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.