Framed Art Card - Sentinel 12" x 9"
Artist: Andy Everson
My grandmother’s main crest was an eagle--a kwikw as we say it in Kwak̕wala. When I was 11, I remember her buying me a Harley Davidson shirt to wear to her potlatch simply because it featured an eagle splashed across its front. It didn’t matter to her that it represented a motorcycle company. No, she only saw her lineage on that shirt. Her dad was an eagle, she was an eagle and I would be an eagle, too.
Right now we’re renovating the Bighouse that she brought down to Comox as part of her dowry when she married my grandfather. After she passed away in 1997, we placed an eagle on the peak of the Bighouse to show off her lineage. It has stood there for the past 13 years, watching over her house where I work and the community to which she came to belong.
We recently took down the eagle from the Bighouse to clean it up as we progress in our work putting on a new roof. It sits waiting in my studio for the chance to once again act as sentinel and watch over our community.
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.