Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

A-ii-gu-ishin First Man (Hands on Mountain Chief) Mask


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 24 × 23 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: W150702

We are all survivors of the last three floods. The first one covered the whole of the mountain tops. Raven was flying around and waited for the waters to recede - and a mountain began to emerge. Raven landed atop the mountain peak. The waters went down and he saw the range of mountains along the west coast of the island. It was beautiful. The ocean, our front yard, the mountains, our backyard. Raven said “I will stay” and he removed his cloak and became for us the first man -A-ii-gu-ishin.

—Tim Paul

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.