Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Kwii cu ii-nas • All of Nature


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 18 × 15 × 5.75 inches
  • Reference Code: W120405

In our homeland (Hesquiat), we have ten mountain peaks — they are our relatives. Within this work, all ten peaks are shown and named.

  1. The Sun
  2. The Sky
  3. The Moon
  4. North Star
  5. The mountains (on top)
  6. The Rivers (at left)
  7. The Lakes (at right)
  8. The Lands
  9. The Seas
  10. The Winds (Thunderbird at center)

Our ten relatives within nature give us anything we should want, but we should not always take and take and take. Today many things within nature are disappearing from all parts of nature. We continue to break the law of nature by condemning parts of nature to extinction, but nature is our relative — it is who we are.

Our 11th relative, the Earthquake, has the right to swiftly remind us that we are the smallest part of the universe. We are like little pets of the all-encompassing power of nature.

Stop the canoe and look around.

—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.