The Octopus



Octopus is known as a powerful sea spirit helper who is often shown in complex compositions involving other creatures.  He can move in all directions and can change colour and shape, so is known to be flexible and symbol of transformation.

Octopus is identified in Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art by long tentacles that have round marks representing their suctions. They have a fluid and invertebrate body with a round high head with large eyes and a short beaked like mouth.

Image by Cassandra


Animal designs featured on shop.slcc.ca are by various indigenous artists from nations across Turtle Island; these artists have an agreement with Native Nortwest Company to share these designs on their behalf. As an authorized distributor of Native Northwest products, they have extended Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre permission to share these images.

Animal Symbology
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