Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Keeper of the Beach


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 22 × 20 × 5.5 inches
  • Reference Code: W91101

The Keeper of the Beach refers to the tribal position to care for the beach and all of its resources. The borders are defined as straight out from the village to the horizon and beyond. From a distance it is described as the outline of the mountain peaks as they come into view and into the village. The resources include everything known to the sea: the reefs, the ground fish, the deep blue hit-ca-tu all the resources within the nis-mas (between the mountain ranges). You first acknowledge the Beach Keeper and show the respect that our chief has for this position as he oversees all that he owns.

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.