Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Mi-Tak • Markers


Mi Tak (markers) refers to the practice of using the shapes of distant mountain tops to navigate canoes to specific spots in the ocean for fishing or to return home. The shapes of mountains would become more blurred with distance or with storms and the universal terms to identify positions in relation to the shoreline would change. The two eagles in this sculpture refer to the mountain tops above Esperanza Inlet on the western shore of Vancouver Island and have been used as markers for the village for centuries.

Tim Paul

Featured in Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast, by Ian M. Thom, 2009.

Tim Paul

Tim Paul


Nuu-chah-nulth (Hesquiaht)

(1950- )

Tim is a Nuu-chah-nulth artist from Esperanza Inlet on Vancouver Island. He has held the position of First Carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum, where he oversaw numerous commissions for totem poles for international sites such as Wakefield Park and Yorkshire Park in England, Stanley Park in Vancouver, and in Auckland. He left this position to oversee a program focussing on Native education for the Port Alberni School Board and Vancouver Island.