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Hawita-sum • Sea-Chief and Killerwhale


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 23 × 22.5 × 4 inches
  • Reference Code: W70803


“Way out at sea — lands beyond the horizon. Every so often right on the horizon, a huge face would come up from the depth of the ocean, from the deep blue it shows itself. The Chief from the Sea would be pushed up by the Killerwhale.

“It was the sealers or the whalers that would witness this occurrence. Our people would then know that something huge was about to happen — earthquake, floods, devastation. They were given the special privilege to foresee what was to come (nac-nac-a, to foresee). Preparation for that coming devastation immediately began when the Sea-Chief showed himself. This hitcu is to our people so we always knew.”

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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