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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 a 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.
Andrew Williams is a Haida Native American artist who was born in 1964 and has been creating argillite carvings as well as jewelry since 1997. Andrew is part of the Raven clan in Old Masset on Haida Gwaii, BC. He is a self-taught artist working with argillite, silver, gold, and other materials.
Andrew Williams was greatly influenced by Ron Russ, Marcel Russ, as well as by Christian White. He is well known for his breathtaking inlay work that is a blend of traditional and contemporary art. His pieces' message is to show the passion he has for art, his Haida ancestry, and the old stories. His children are the motivation for his work. Andrew wants to show them with his hard work that they too can accomplish anything in the world with hard work and perseverance.