Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

First Woman Mask


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 19 × 18 × 4 inches
  • Reference Code: W151003

First Woman was waiting atop the mountain. She was brought up there by wolf. They were of the special race of people from out there in the skies. Wolf had a task, which was to bring First Man to meet First Woman, so wolf makes his way back down the mountain in order to bring man up to meet woman. Wolf says that he will carry him up the mountain on his back and warns – “you are not to open your eyes least you fall and I will lose you.” They get to the top and First man thinks that First woman is so beautiful that she must be supernatural. “I will leave now,” says Wolf, “and will be back in a day” - which in reality was a whole year - for a baby boy had been born… and thus our family begins. First Man, First Woman, First born boy.

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.