Andy Everson

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Artist Photo – Andy Everson 1

Name:
Andy Everson (1972 -)
Gender:
Male
Style:
Kwakwaka’wakw
Region:
Pacific Northwest Coast, Canada


Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Andy has also had the honour of being seated with the ‘Na̱mg̱is T̓sit̓sa̱ł’walag̱a̱me’ name of Ḵ̓wa̱mxa̱laga̱lis I’nis. Influenced heavily by his grandmother, he has always been driven to uphold the traditions of both the K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw First Nations. In this regard, Andy has pursued avenues where he can sing traditional songs and perform ceremonial dances at potlatches and in a number of different dance groups, most notably the Le-La-La Dancers, the Gwa’wina Dancers and the K’umugwe Dancers.

Pursuing other areas of traditional culture has also led Andy to complete a Master’s degree in anthropology. Because the K’ómoks First Nation lies on the border between the larger Salish and Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw realms, his thesis focused on notions and expressions of contemporary Comox identity. His work in anthropology provided him with a background in linguistics which subsequently inspired him to create a company, Copper Canoe, Inc, that specialized in the creation of Aboriginal language media.

Andy feels that his artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments. Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, Andy’s 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 his Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors. The ability to create and print most of his own work has allowed Andy to explore and express his ancestral artwork in a number of contemporary ways.

Art Work

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    A New Song by Andy Everson 2008 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    A New Song

    2008
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    An Evening in Vancouver by Andy Everson 2009 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    An Evening in Vancouver

    2009
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    Dreamtime by Andy Everson 2009 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Dreamtime

    2009
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    'Eagle Down Dancer' by Andy Everson

    Eagle Down Dancer

    2010
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    Equinox by Andy Everson 2005 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Equinox

    2005
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    Flightpath by Andy Everson 2009 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Flightpath

    2006
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    'Gathering Strength' by Andy Everson

    Gathering Strength

    2015
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    Greeting the Day by Andy Everson 2011 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Greeting the Day

    2011
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    Half Moon by Andy Everson 2004 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Half Moon

    2004
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    'In Formation' by Andy Everson

    In Formation

    2012
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    Journey by Andy Everson 2011 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Journey

    2011
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    Metamorphisis II by Andy Everson 2005 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Mathamorphosis II

    2005
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    Moonlit Monologue by Andy Everson 2010 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Moonlit Monologue

    2010
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    'Mother and Daughter`by Andy Everson

    Mother and Daughter

    2010
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    Nimpkish Sunset by Andy Everson 2010 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Nimpkish Sunset

    2013
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    Oceans of Wealth by Andy Everson 2011 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Oceans of Wealth

    2011
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    Sentinel by Andy Everson 2010 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Sentinel

    2010
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    Sunset Summit by Andy Everson 2009 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Sunset Summit

    2009
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    Transition One by Andy Everson 2011 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Transition One

    2011
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    Watchmen by Andy Everson 2008 - Northwest Coast - Kwakwaka’wakw

    Watchmen

    2008
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