Collection: The Frog Symbol
Celebrated for its adaptability, knowledge and power to traverse worlds, Frogs are creatures of great importance. The vocal and social animals are found throughout the Pacific Northwest. Frogs are great communicators and often represent the common ground or voice of the people (Shearar).
Indigenous Significance of the Frog Symbol
Haida stories frequently depict Frog as Raven’s wife, child or alter ego. In Haida mythology, Creek Woman, who lives in a stream and whose family is Frog, is one of Raven’s wives (Shearar). Many Indigenous groups associate Frog with bountiful wealth and copper, the most important symbol of power, status and prestige. It is said that legendary Haida princes attended feasts wearing necklaces of living frogs to exhibit their status (Shearar).
Frogs are held in high regard by many Indigenous groups due to their ambition and ability to prosper in a varied set of environments. As a creature who can live in two worlds, Frogs are praised for their capability to inhabit diverse realms, both natural and supernatural (Shearar). Frogs adjust with ease to their new environment and communicate effortlessly between different realms.
Frog is an important crest in northern British Columbia and is often placed atop totem poles to symbolically croak warnings of impending danger (Dawkins). The creature is also often featured within other works of art. For example, frogs are sometimes seen peeking out from another creature’s ears or mouth. This emergence of the Frog from such orifices may represent an “eruption of aspects of unseen interior and other worlds” (Shearar).
Artistic Characteristics of the Frog
In art, Frogs are common in Northwest Coast jewellery. The creatures are identified by their flat nose, broad toothless mouth, large eyes, prominent lips, webbed feet, and perpetually projecting tongue (Dawkins).