There is an ancient story about three Maori warriors who came with the trade winds in their canoe to the Ehattenaht village of my grandfather. They stayed for three years waiting for the winds to change and carry them home. Two Nuu-chah-nulth canoes were carved and they were presented with three wives before returning to Aotearoa, forever linking our two nations.
In 1990, I traveled to the north shore of Auckland to raise a totem pole at the Awataha Marae commissioned by the Province of British Columbia and the Royal British Columbia Museum for the Commonwealth Games in 1990, and was met by approximately 2000 Maori warriors as my welcome to Aotearoa — and permission to distribute our wealth in a distant land.
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.
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