The Sisiutl or Sea Serpent
The Native Sea Serpent symbolizes protection, supernatural power and revival. It is one of the most powerful symbols in Kwakwaka’wakw culture. The Sisiutl/Sisiulth is a supernatural three-headed serpent that possesses shapeshifting abilities and the ability to turn spectators into stone when gazed upon. Not only can the Sisiutl change shape into a human or animal, but it can also transform its body into a self-propelled canoe that the owner must feed with seals.
Sisiutl/Sisiulth or Sea Serpent Symbol and First Nations
Native healers tried to kill the Sisiutl for its magic and healing power, and warriors tried to kill it so they could rub the blood on their bodies believing that it would make them invincible. Warriors often wore headbands, belts or other accessories with images of the Sisiutl to protect them from harm. Sisiutls were painted on the sides of canoes and painted or carved in entranceways to protect people from evil spirits. Some old tribes believed that mica, a mineral found on beaches were the scales from the Sisiutl.
Native Art - The Sea Serpent Symbol
Spirits of the West Coast Native Art Gallery sells Sea Serpent Symbol prints, Native American Jewelry, Sea Serpent Native carvings, Sea Serpent ceremonial masks, gold and silver bracelets and bentwood boxes, all inspired by the Sea Serpent Symbol.
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