Released May 2005
As I write this piece, I’m quite excited. Next
week we are having a replica of a totem pole returned to the Comox
First Nation. What excites me is not the physical presence of the
pole, but the return of a “style” unknown to most Comox
members and local citizens.
I know of three sets of poles that have been taken from our territory
that bear a remarkable similarity in form and style to one another.
The first set was taken by E.H. Verney on board the H.M.S. Grappler
in 1863. These poles now reside in England. Another set is in New
York, while the third pair can be found in the Royal British Columbia
Museum in Victoria. It is from the poles in Victoria that the replica
The poles are comprised of a bird surmounting human figures in
two of the sets and fishers in the set in England. On first glance,
the bird looks remarkably like an owl with large round eyes and
upright ears. I, however, believe that the birds are likely thunderbirds.
My reasoning for this is that the thunderbird is a major crest in
Comox. In fact, it is said that a thunderbird lives in our mountains.
I’ve been wanting to do this design for a long time so finally
I started on it last week. When I was about halfway done, I noticed
the replica pole on the front page of our local newspaper, announcing
that it was to be returned. I knew then that this rediscovery of
a Comox style was meant to be and was way beyond my control. I look
forward to exploring the style of my ancestors and watching other
members of my First Nation doing the same.
“Rediscovery” is a limited
edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This
print was released during May of 2005 and was printed at the artist’s
own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 56 prints bear the title “Rediscovery”
and are signed by Andy Everson: 50 in the primary edition bearing
the numbers 1/50 through 50/50; 5 Artist’s Proofs; and 1 Printer’s
Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures
17x22 inches. Image size measures about 12.5x20 inches.