This sculpture represents the Moon and the great Spirit of Ling Cod. The Spirit of the Ling Cod lives in the skies with the many stars, the Moon and the Sun. Every now and then, Ling Cod gets the notion to swallow the Moon. He takes it into his mouth and begins to swallow it slowly. It begins to disappear. Our people see this and line themselves along the beach and begin singing and drumming, asking Nas, the Creator, to have Ling Cod let go of the Moon. But Ling Cod swallows the Moon. Then our family sings and sings and eventually Ling Cod lets the Moon go — he spits it out. Now our family really begins to sing and drum — thanking the Creator for listening to them.
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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