On the Northwest Coast the Killer Whale, also referred to as blackfish, is an important crest figure among local First Nations Groups and is one of the most commonly depicted forms. The very first Killer Whales came into being when carved in wood by a human, Raven, or a Master Carpenter and then magically infused with a life force. Killer Whales are known to capsize canoes and carry the occupants into the depths. In many of these stories the kidnapped human is given great wealth. Killer Whales are also known to guide people to safety when caught in stormy weather.