Released November 2004
Overlooking the Comox Valley, sits the majestic Comox Glacier.
For residents of the Valley, the glacier is a symbol of our community
and one of the physical features that make our area so beautiful.
Recent reports have made it evident that the glacier is disappearing
at an alarming rate and will likely be gone within my lifetime.
The glacier is an important part of our community’s heritage.
For members of the Comox First Nation, the glacier has even more
significance. According to stories passed down for countless generations,
the glacier’s origins are intimately tied to our history.
Many thousands of years ago, an old chief was forewarned of the
coming of a great flood. He was told by the Creator to prepare four
canoes and great lengths of rope. He proceeded to pick the strongest
and most attractive members of the community. When the flood came
the selected people went into the canoes. Whenever non-selected
individuals tried to enter a canoe, the craft would magically move
away from them. The flood destroyed the village and the rest of
The people in the canoes floated around for a while with no evidence
of land in sight. Eventually, they spotted a large white whale.
They attached their ropes to the whale. By the time the water receded,
the whale landed on the sight of the glacier, keeping the Comox
people in our territory. To this day we respect our Heritage and
refer to the glacier as “Queneesh,” or white whale.
“Heritage” is a limited edition print
using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released
in November of 2004 and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s
own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Heritage”
and are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing
the numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures
13x19 inches. Image size measures 10.5x17 inches.