The Story Is In The Soil - Mens Wallet features the artwork of Canadian Indigenous Artist, Andy Everson.
The deep embossed printing and fine detailed stitching make it a unique one of a kind, as well as a fantastic gift.
- Brand: Cedar Paddle
- Artist: Andy Everson
- Material: Durable, vegan, man-made faux leather.
- Measurements: Approximately 4.5 x 3.75 inches.
- Details: 9 credit card slots, large money pocket, clear plastic id slot and 4 additional pockets.
Message from the artist about this piece:
Anywhere mankind has lived, you are bound to find skulls buried beneath the soil. Each and every one represents a life lived and a life lost. They represent stories of great joy and of great pain. They represent tragedy and loss. They represent lives worth living for. Inside each and every dome, once sat a thousand stories waiting to be told--a thousand stories that now sit hollow in the cavernous remnants of their fortress. Skulls are like libraries once stocked with books that now sit vacant, devoid of their contents.
As a teenager, I remember being called out to an archaeological dig where they found the remains of a young woman flexed in burial posture. I recall looking at those bones and wondering who she was. Was she an ancestor? What were the life stories that once flowed throughout her body? It struck me as so real--life and death--that I started to understand its scarcity and sacredness. I began to comprehend why our people treat our graves with such respect. We honour mortal remains that once carried life, that once contained souls. We honour that our ancestors are now in the ground. They surround us....the story is in the soil.
About the artist:
Andy Everson was born in Comox B.C. and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank of the K'omoks First Nation. His cultural interests lay with both his K'omoks and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestors and are expressed through dancing, singing and art. To further his career, Andy has gone on to complete his Master's degree in anthropology. From early self-taught lessons, Andy has tried to follow 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.