Sea otter

A small wooden sea otter protects the contents of the wooden shaman’s box from the inside of the lid, on its back, its tiny hands in the form of prayer. * An ivory sea otter figurine protects the hunter in his kayak. It is dressed in its finest, for the sea otter is a human being transformed by magic to enjoy the bounty of the sea. * An ivory mother otter, on her back, holds her pup on her chest and protects women bearing their children from waves to shore.