The rattle represents grandmother with ferns — green represents our medicine. The medicines and their stories are held within certain families. The rattle is used to call on ancestors with a spirit chant to heal and perform healing ceremonies with medicines. The drum with the eagle design is used to sing and celebrate the ceremonies of medicine — keeping all the power of these stories alive with the grandmother rattle and drum.
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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