“This mask represents thunder rolling off the beach. A man is crying on the beach for the loss of his wife. He felt a powerful presence as it was the last and fourth day of mourning and he could now let his wife’s spirit journey home to the great beyond. It suddenly became dark and he saw the great thunderbird throwing its thunder and lightening onto the beach. It began hailing with hail the size of pebbles onto the beach. He was told to take some of the hail as it will not melt and to use the pebbles in a rattle for all ceremonies. This sound comes from the Spirit of Thunderbird.”
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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