1972 – Present
Andy Everson (b. 1972) was born in Comox, BC and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Influenced heavily by his grandmother, he has always been driven to uphold the traditions of both the K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw First Nations, and is involved with a number of different dance groups, most notably the Le-La-La Dancers, the Gwa’wina Dancers and the K’umugwe Dancers.
In pursuing other areas of traditional culture, Everson completed a Master’s degree in Anthropology. His thesis focused on notions and expressions of contemporary Comox identity. His work in anthropology provides him with a background in linguistics which subsequently inspired him to create a company, Copper Canoe Inc, that specializes in the creation of Aboriginal language media.
Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, Andy’s first serious attempt wasn’t until 1990 when he started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. Since these early self-taught lessons, he has tried to follow in the footsteps of his Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in age-old traditions of his ancestors.