Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hīssht • Global Warming Mask


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 23 × 22 × 6 inches
  • Reference Code: W160701

The whole of nature is warming. Global warming is here. We need to always be taking from nature – it always gives us what we need. We over take. Kwaii-cu-iik-nas was never female or male, but today I like the reference to our Mother Earth, so we can ask the question “how can you rape your own mother?”

The rim has a top with the colour white (which is north) with an owl design, which is bearing the message of coming to an end. Death is coming. We are losing the north.

Black is west, with a Raven design. Raven can change in many ways. Today the world has transformed as we take and take. We are paying dearly today.

Red is south, with a woodpecker design. Our weather guy. He brings changes to the weather along with the cataclysms from the sky, mountains, lands, and oceans.

Yellow is the east, and a new day with a Thunderbird design. My grandmother always reminds me that there is a female and male in everything we do. The female Thunderbird from the mountains who one day will lift her wings and everything below will begin to tremble and shake violently, because today we disrespect nature. We are relatives of nature – we are related.

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.