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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 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.
Tsimshian native artist Bill Helin enjoys a very rewarding career as a creative gold engraver, painter, woodcarver, and book illustrator. He loves to paint mythological images to educate people on the history of the Tsimshian nation and the many stories passed down through his ancestors. His greatest passion however is to spiritually represent and bond individuals together through the use of native Life Crest symbols. The art of Bill Helin is reproduced in collaboration with the artist and royalties are paid to the artist on each item sold.