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Ca-aak • River Mask with Ya-ii-Put


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 24 × 20 × 9 inches
  • Reference Code: W170101

The most important relative in nature to us is the river. It gives all of us life and growth. The need for water – the rivers, lakes, and the ocean is key to you and I surviving. Physically, it holds us up. Spiritually, it calls to us, invites us – ha-in-its-ca-aak – is hi. The river is calling us, inviting us, to give the privilege, the right, to prepare and cleanse ourselves so we can acquire a good feeling and good-will when it gives us new acquirements – songs, ceremonies, names, along with the ability to build strength within our spirit guests. For too long, we have seen and been apart of the killing, taking the life out of the lake and killing the river. Big industry money is doing this.

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.

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 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.

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