Nature is our relative. The river is one of eleven relatives within nature. We have to understand that we are the smallest of the eleven and the eleventh being the earthquake. Nature gives us anything we want. We do not need to always take and take. We still have within ourselves the art of giving back to our mother. Let’s stop and hear the river.
Ya-ii-put The protector of the forest and all within it. He is tiny but very happy at all times. When we are in the forest and rivers, he is there protecting us all. Ya-ii-put is becoming weary and concerned of the changes overtaking the forest. Let’s listen and prepare for his message. Protect your relatives the river and forest.—Tim Paul
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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