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OCTOPUS

Octopus lives at the bottom of the Undersea World Kingdom, and has been known for pulling unsuspecting humans do the bottom of the sea –as is told in the Legend of Sewidi and the Undersea World.

 

Octopus is very intelligent, and is able to ward off invaders. Octopus is also Halibuts favorite food.

 

Depictions of Octopus are quite easy to make out, with a bulb-shaped head, sharply curved beak, and long tentacles that are dotted with suckers. Octopus is sometimes shown with killer whale or halibut, and in Kwakwaka'wakw legendry, is associated with Kumugwe’s kingdom at the bottom of the ocean.

SOURCES

Cheryl Shearar Understanding Northwest Coast Art  (2000)

Campbell River Museum & Archives

Conversations with Nuu-chah-nulth artist Cecil Billy