Issue N° 15

For our first issue of the year, we focus on concepts of "rebirth", to celebrate the many ways that Indigenous people are becoming actors in a renaissance of Indigenous culture and identity. From re-establishing traditional practices and systems of knowledge, to reinventing rituals with contemporary mediums and culture, Indigenous people are giving new life to traditions that were, and still are, at risk of dying. The new year is also a time of renewal for all of us, and represents a resurgence of rituals, ambitions, and memories. It is a fresh start, a chance to renew our commitments to our goals, our careers, our loved ones, and above all, ourselves. We hope that this issue reignites your connection to the ideas of Indigenous identity, wellbeing, and culture that are being explored by these artists.

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Northern Warrior

by Andy Everson

“Many of my Tlingit forefathers were warriors. When preparing for battle many of them would don slatted armour suits and hard wooden helmets carved with their crest imagery. Whether facing off against other First Nations or even Russians with firearms, they entered battle wearing their ancestral lineage and ancestral pride. The hat on this helmet displays the Kwakwaka’wakw crest of the sisiyutł—the double-headed serpent. This symbol of the warrior reminds us of the dichotomies in life—good and evil, right and wrong—and puts a human face in the middle to teach us that we must choose where we stand.”

Andy Everson was born in Comox, BC in 1972 and named Na̱gedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Influenced heavily by his grandmother, Andy has always been driven to uphold the traditions of both the K’ómoks and Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw First Nations. In this regard, Andy’s artwork focuses on notions and expressions of contemporary Comox identity.

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