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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