Released September 1999
For thousands of years, my people have journeyed from village to
village by means of the sea. Our life is rooted in the coastal environment.
We traveled by canoe and lived off of the bounty of the ocean. Our
culture reflects this wealth. For us, our age-old traditions are
sacred and are represented by our songs, our dances, and our artwork.
For over ten years, the Le-La-La dancers have taken on the responsibility
and honour of sharing our culture with people throughout the world.
Out of all the cultures that we have encountered, the Maori people
of New Zealand have occupied a special place in our hearts and minds.
When we see them, we see ourselves. They have "Bighouses,"
"canoes," and "totems" like we have at home.
They have a similar history and, more importantly, they love to
laugh and sing as much as we do.
This print was created to illustrate the bond that has developed
and continued to flourish between our peoples. All proceeds from
the sale of this print will go towards continued cultural exchanges
between the Kwakwaka'wakw and the Maori First Nations.
For both of our peoples, the Gukwdzi, or Marae, is the cornerstone
of our communities. It is a link to our ancestors as much as it
is a link to our future. It bonds us to our land. Here, the house
is decorated with Kolus crest of Geoge Taylor (Melas),
Director of the Le-La-La Dancers. Encircling it are stars and a
ring formed from the Maori flag. Like the Maori, the colours black,
white, and red are important to the artwork of our peoples.
“Unity” is a limited edition print using
the silk-screening method of print-making. Print production took
place during September of 1999 at Seacoast Screenprinting of Victoria
B.C. The artist was involved throughout the process and has ensured
that all stencils were destroyed following printing. A total of
167 prints bear the title “Unity” and are signed by
Andy Everson:150 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/150
through 150/150; 15 Artist’s Proofs; and 2 Printer’s
Proofs. The acid-free 100% Stonehenge paper measures 15x17.75 inches.
Image size measures about 12x14.5 inches. The colours black and
red were used during printing.