Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Saa-Yaa-Cit-Tu • The Ocean Way Off Shore with the Tradewinds Blowing the Maori Canoe Towards Home


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 26 × 25 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: W30614

The circle is now complete — we as a family are one. The totem pole that was brought to Awataha was from a great family and Hesquiat history. Two important figures on the totem pole: the Wolf (the first-born son), and the Killer Whale on the Hupa kwa num (Chief’s treasure box), have the same spirit. They are one. We brought our crown, our great headdresses, and the sea serpent that is our identity. From Tachu, the house of Tilh-wus, three Maori men came with the warm trade winds to my grandfather’s home from my mother’s side and stayed with my family for three years until the trade winds came back. My family gave them two canoes and each of the three Maori men went home with a wife from our family and homeland. The white designs are our roots — Maori and Tilh-wis.

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.