Butterfly represents transformation and metamorphosis, as Butterflies change from caterpillars when they reach maturity. In one Kwakwaka’wakw legend, a butterfly the size of an eagle landed on Numas’ head and told him many secrets. Butterfly is revered as a messenger, and is correlated with creation stories from many different tribes.
Butterflies are one of the easier motifs to recognize, due to the wings and antennae.
Franz Boas Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: A Translation of Franz Boas' 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Kuste Amerikas (2006)
Campbell River Museum & Archives
Conversation with Artist Rodney Seaweed