Large Journal - Raven Stories
Artist: Andy Everson
Extra thick paper
Padded hard cover
A section sewn binding allowing for flat opening
Size: 7” x 5” / 17.7 x 12.3 cm
A perfect place to write, draw, and express yourself.
It is hard to express just how important stories are to us. They allow us to recollect and recount events and encounters throughout our lives. They enable us to be transported through time and space to look at different historical periods or geographical regions. Stories can at the same time give hope, spread fear, provide knowledge and present joy. Stories and storytelling is a uniquely human experience.
For First Nations along the Pacific Northwest, raven has often figured prominently in our storytelling. He is often seen as a trickster and a mischievous little fellow. He is also regarded as the bringer of the day—the one who released the sun from the confines of a box. In many ways, he is the embodiment of the story on the coast as he is the subject of and the teller of many stories. True to the character of raven, he is portrayed here tirelessly squawking to the moon telling his favourite stories.
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.