Andy Everson was born in Comox, British Columbia, and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, the late Chief Andy Frank of the K’ómoks First Nation. Influenced heavily by his grandmother, he upheld the traditions of both the K’ómoks and Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations. Andy completed a master’s in anthropology. An interest and background in linguistics inspired him to found Copper Canoe, Inc., a company that specializes in the creation of Aboriginal language media. In 1990 Andy started designing and painting Chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. He has followed in the footsteps of his Kwakwaka’wakw relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors. The ability to create and print most of his own work has allowed Andy to explore and express his ancestral artwork in a number of contemporary ways.

A conversation with Andy Everson