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taken from the back porch of my studio in Comox.
It's nice to have
inspiration like this surrounding me!
Released July 2007
Support our bighouse in Comox!
Sold exclusively through the I-Hos Gallery, Comox, BC. (a few copies are still availble there).
My grandparents met in Alert Bay in the 1920s. My grandfather,
a young fisherman and my grandmother, a cannery worker and daughter
of a prominent Fort Rupert chief soon married. Through the marriage,
my grandmother brought many rights and privileges. One of these
items in her dowry was the right to build a traditional Kwakiutl-style
bighouse. After the potlatch law was dropped from the Indian Act,
my grandfather made it his mission to carry through this right.
By 1957 he had enough money saved. During this time, however, most
K’omoks didn’t want the bighouse located on the reserve.
My grandfather toiled to build it—with David Martin carving
the house posts—in the city of Courtenay. The bighouse wasn’t
moved to the reserve until after his death. Its presence now on
the reserve is a lasting cultural legacy gifted from my grandparents.
I grew up with my grandmother teaching me about our culture. She was very important
to me. When she passed away in 1997—at 99 years of age—we put an
eagle at the peak of her bighouse. The right to do this was passed to her from
father. Every time I look up at the eagle, I think about her and how influential
she was to our family and our community in general. Through watching my nieces
and nephews dance, I am made to realize that her legacy is stronger now than
it ever was before.
This print is dedicated to the memory of my grandparents and
the legacy that they left us. Through years of stormy weather and
vicious south-easters, the roof of their legacy—our bighouse—is
currently in a state of disrepair. Partial proceeds from the sale
of this print at the I-Hos Gallery in Comox will go towards fixing
that roof. Gilakasla! Thank you!
“Legacy” is a limited edition print using the giclée
method of printmaking. This print was released in July of 2007
and printed by Andy Everson at the artist’s own studio in
Comox B.C. A total of 111 prints bear the title “Legacy” and
are signed by Andy Everson: 100 in the primary edition bearing
the numbers 1/100 through 100/100; 10 Artist’s Proofs; and
1 Printer’s Proof. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton
rag paper measures 13x19 inches. Image size measures about 10x17