Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hi-qu-sat • “Straight off the Beach” Salmon Mask


Victor Amos, my relative, carries this name which was our grandfather’s name. Victor and Andy Amos are our last two fishermen. The [Pearce/McRae Report] on the fishing industry felt it right to give the sport fisherman all the rights to the catch of migratory salmon, ling cod, crab, shrimp. For 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year they can go fishing miles offshore in their zone. Our fishermen cannot go into that zone. The whole coast is affected by un-aboriginal fishermen. The fish farms are supported by government. Our fishermen, un-aboriginal fishermen, the whole coast of BC’s market was given to the fish farms leaving nothing for all our coastal fishermen. Our last two fishermen and our family know this is unjust and we need to say these things.

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.