Blockmaker Diane Bell has stitched her grandfather’s Frog design (symbol of renewal and rebirth) in red melton cloth on black in the traditional style of a Button Blanket. These blankets were made after the Hudson’s Bay Company began to trade wool blankets to the natives. Originally abalone or other shells were fashioned into buttons, but trading also brought beads and pearl buttons to work with, such as those used to highlight the design. The red colour (symbol of life) of the appliqué and the inner border represents the cedar tree dyed with salmon eggs to give it vivid colour. Each family drew its unique crests from the sky, land and sea. Button blankets decorated with the family crest are considered the Robes of Power.
Copper was the symbol of wealth to the Kwakwaka’wakw, and the Frog is known as Copper Maker. The legend of the Frog describes how he dared any man to look at him without blinking. If a man succeeded in not blinking, the Frog would die, and he could reach into the water to take the copper. It is a kind and gentle entity that Diane felt was appropriate to share in the quilt. She has dedicated this block to her late uncle, and mentor.