The Frog is a symbol of a communicator because it can travel between land and water, as well as the natural and supernatural worlds. Because of its transcendent ability, the Frog is often connected with the magical powers that shaman hold. The croak and the tongue of a Frog are said to cleanse bad spirits. The Frog also represents the renewal of seasons; therefore, the Frog is closely associated with femininity.
Andy Wilbur-Peterson (born 1955) is a member of the Skokomish Nation, part of the
Coast Salish peoples of the United States. Wilbur-Peterson is a self-taught artist who studied Salish art pieces made by his great-grandfather, Henry Allen. To continue his ancestors’ traditional ways, Wilbur-Peterson makes his own tools to carve furniture, totems, and bentwood boxes. The artist also teaches younger artists, such as his own daughter, the techniques of drawing and silkscreen printing.