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Ha-witasum • Sea Chief with Sea Serpents Mask


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 17 × 18 × 6.5 inches
  • Reference Code: W80112


Often times our people out at sea in their canoes saw a huge face emerge from the ocean. It came up in a way as to display itself and its power as the chief that controlled all within the oceans. [In this mask] he brings up the great serpents to perform for us and show our people how to do the sea serpent headdress dance. Our people tell of this great story as to how we are able to use the headdress for performances.

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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