Nis-mas - your plot of land. This is your inherent right. Your are the sovereign person of that place and what it has all within it.
Your privileges come from that huu-pa-qua-num (the chief’s box). The posts on the side are ol-um-ma, which show your domain, and the four corner posts that define your property. The green and white show that you have planted roots here from way back and are People of the Community.
by Ken McNeil
by Shawn Hunt
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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