Released October 2006
In Pentlatch legend, the mountains in the Beaufort range were
home to a family of fabulous Thunderbirds. They could make lightning
with their eyes and flap their wings to produce thunder. They could
pick up whole whales with their immense talons and bring them back
to their home to eat. In short, they held dominion over the skies.
Since the time of the flood, my ancestors have been able to look
up to the mountains and see Queneesh, the glacier overlooking the
Comox Valley. It is a symbol of our origins and is important to
our territoriality. My ancestors were always keenly aware of their
environment and were conscious of the supernatural world that also
surrounded them. Although they recognized that they held dominion
over their territory, they also acknowledged that this dominion
was flexible. It was shared with animals on the land, in the sky
and under the sea. It was under the influence of the supernatural
When Europeans came to this land, dominion became fixed and inflexible.
Fences went up and lines were drawn on maps. The kings, and later
queens, held the dominion. Under this dominion, the land has been
transformed and the supernatural world has become hidden. Nobody
sees the Thunderbirds come out to fly from our mountains anymore.
They say that within a generation, nobody will see our glacier
anymore, either. If only our old style of dominion could come back….
“Dominion” is a limited edition print using the giclée
method of printmaking. This print was released in October of 2006
and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s own studio in
Comox B.C. A total of 109 prints bear the title “Dominion” 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
17x22 inches. Image size measures about 11.4x20inches.