Interpretations

September 21, 2017

 

 

Sanford Williams uses animals and elements in his carvings to represent emotions, actions, traditions, and relationships.  The following is common to Nuu Chah Nulth west coast native art.

 

Bear – self-awareness, strength, protector of the animal kingdom

 

Beaver – understanding and respect for nature, good work ethic, strong sense of family

 

Butterfly – accept change, balance, grace, symbol of beauty

 

Dragonfly – accept change, transformation, swiftness, self-understanding, emotional maturity

 

Eagle – grace, power, intellect, foresight, chieftainship, guidance, strength

 

Frog – cleansing, peace, rebirth, good fortune, divine power, magic

 

Halibut – promise of abundant food source

 

Heron – grace, purity, patience, long life

 

Hummingbird – beauty, intelligence, love, joy, friendship, playfulness

 

Kingfisher – prosperity and love from within

 

Loon – tranquility, communication, serenity, generosity

 

Moon – guardian of earth, protector of humans at night, vision, direction, guidance, moods

 

Octopus – sea spirit helper, powerful, enigmatic

 

Owl – wisdom, foresight, keeper of sacred knowledge, guardianship

 

Raven – change in life, creativity, humour, teacher of right from wrong, bringer of light

 

Salmon – instinct, determination, persistence, abundance, wealth, prosperity, good luck (in pairs)

 

Sun – healing, energy, life

 

Thunderbird – power, protection, vigilantism

 

Whale – kindness, intelligence, compassion, romance, family values, unity in numbers

 

 

Wind – great power, strength, endurance, movement, inter-connection of all living things

 

Wolf – relationships, teamwork, perseverance, intuition, success, wisdom, loyalty, balance, protection

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