Released November 2015
Available exclusively through Hill's Native Art in Vancouver, BC.
My ‘Na̱mg̱is first ancestor’s name was ‘Na̱mukustolis. He is said to have come down to earth as a great blue heron before he shed his bird clothes to reveal his inner human self. Later on in life he was transformed into the Nimpkish River so that he could always provide his people with nourishment in the form of salmon. This ancestor ensured that his people would be looked after. He was a good ancestor.
This begs the question: will you be a good ancestor? Would you be able to look at your descendants and tell them that you did all that you could: that you helped to preserve your culture, your language, your songs and dances? Could you look at them and say that you took a stand for the environment? Did you raise your voice to be heard or did you remain silent to injustice? Did you stand shoulder to shoulder with your sisters and brothers or did you merely change the TV channel?
In this day and age, there are things that need to be said and issues that need to be addressed. We need our people to rise up and to speak up. We need people to unite in defence of the things we hold dear: our children, our families, our communities, our environment. We need warriors to come to the fore. We need Defenders to don their metaphorical armour and confront issues head on. I mean honestly, don’t you want to be a good ancestor?
“Defender” is a limited edition print using the giclée method of printmaking. This print was released in November of 2015 and printed by Andy Everson at Copper Canoe, the artist’s own studio in Comox B.C. A total of 121 prints bear the title “Defender” and are signed by Andy Everson: 99 in the primary edition bearing the numbers 1/99 through 99/99; 9 Artist’s Proofs; 9 Remarques and 4 Printer’s Proofs. The acid-free Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper measures about 17x17.75 inches. Image size measures about 15.5x16 inches.