Solid copper First Nation bracelet hand-carved in the Octopus design. 3/4 inch wide - 6 1/2 inches long. Carved by well renowned First Nation aritist, Paddy Seaweed. He is from Alert Bay on Vancouver Island, BC. Signed by the artist.
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Octopus is a powerful potential sea spirit helper, often shown in complex compositions involving other creatures. In some tribal cultures, eight is considered a magic and auspicious number, which adds to the appeal and power of Octopus. Octopus is a servant of Kumugwe’, chief of the undersea world, and is also a symbol of great wealth in Kwakwaka’wakw mythology.
Paddy Seaweed was born and raised in Alert Bay, British Columbia on the westcoast of Vancouver Island. His mother’s family is from the Village Island and his father’s family is from Turnour Island. He is the youngest son in the family. The family Kwakiutl crest is the Kolus, which is a Baby Thunderbird covered in down. The Kolus is a supernatural bird. Legend is that the Kolus became overheated by the down and shed it’s down revealing a human image being given great strength.
Paddy was trained in jewelry carving by Lloyd Wadhams.
He was always interested in drawing, then moved into wood carving and from there, into silver and gold. Paddy’s older brothers, Alfred and Norman Seaweed are also well known carvers from the westcoast of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada.
Paddy Seaweed is an excellent well renowned artist. He designs stunning and unique jewelry with clean, crisp lines. Each piece is signed by the artist making each piece a timeless piece of wearable art.