Released May 2006
My people have always been intimately connected with their territory.
They knew the best fishing spots, clamming beds and berry-picking
places. This information was passed down through thousands of generations
and was held as important and often sacred knowledge. When my mom
was only about four years old she was given some of this knowledge.
Her granny and her dad brought her out to one of our beaches here
in the Comox Valley to pick some valuable medicine. My great-grandmother
would clear areas around the plant to help with its propagation.
She would pick with both hands—one to put the seeds in her
apron and the other to spread the seeds and ensure future growth.
In English, they call it Indian Consumption Plant or Bare-Stem
Desert-Parsley. We call it K’axamin. For people
throughout our territory, this has always been an important medicine.
It helps singers with their sore throats and provides relief from
cough and tuberculosis. Used by individuals and on canoes, it also
provides a form of protection that cannot be conveyed here in words.
This is the way it has always been—we gather our medicine
from our own land. In recent times, however, fewer and fewer people
have the knowledge about the healing plants and where to find them.
By bringing members of my family out to pick, my mother has ensured
that this treasure will be passed down to future generations. She
has scattered her own seeds and propagated growth of the “Medicine
“Medicine Grounds” is a limited edition print using
the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released
in May 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 “Medicine
Grounds” 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 14.25x19.5 inches.