This Transcendence Spirit Bear Men's Wallet by B.C. native artist Andy Everson is story telling at it's finest. In this rendition, a colorful Raven is changing one in every ten bears to a white "Spirit Bear" to remind mankind that the earth was once covered in ice. When you look closely, you will see that there is one bear starting to turn white in front of each Raven. With the combination of the detailed emboss printing, the leather feel of the material and the story behind the artwork .. this wallet is impressive.
- Brand: Cedar Paddle
- Artist: Andy Everson
- Material: Durable, vegan, man-made faux leather.
- Measurements: Approximately 4.5 x 3.75 inches.
- Details: 6 credit card slots, large money pocket, clear plastic id slot and 3 additional pockets.
- Coins: Small zippered coin pocket inside.
The story behind the art:
One of the stories explaining the origins of the rare white bear found only in British Columbia, Canada known as the 'Spirit Bear' is the acient story told by the Tsimshian people. In the story, they recount how a Raven changed every tenth black bear to white in order to remind mankind that the earth was once covered in ice. The Tsimshian people have maintained and practiced their culture, including this legend, through the years. The artwork on this design depicts the Raven changing one out of every ten bears to white.
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.