Wayne Alfred (Kwakwaka’wakw)
Red cedar, acrylic, cedar bark
41″ x 15″ x 9″ (104 x 38 x 23 cm)
Throughout the Northwest Coast, frogs are closely associated with the power of transformation and are the primary spirit helpers of shamans. For this reason, frogs can often be seen emerging from the ears or mouths of creatures that have both human and animal elements. In Northwest Coast mythology the divisions between spiritual realms are not clearly defined and Frog is the great communicator between these worlds.