Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

mal-put-tu • July Moon: How We Revere the Family


  • Medium: red cedar, metal rod
  • Size: 16.5 × 12.75 × 4.5 inches (incl. base)
  • Reference Code: W100109

This sculpture is all about revering the family and incorporates three motifs: wolf, raven and ancestor.

qwa-ya (wolf) represents the family structure from the oldest to the youngest. The strongest and the oldest is the leader. Everyone else has a role and responsibility within the family. The family symbolizes real care and love with the wolf as our teacher.

qu-uu (raven) is the glutton wanting everything from beautiful females to all the good things and pleasures of life — even though they might not belong to him.

a-u-mit (ancestor) represents all the ancestors that have gone before us. Our ancestors witnessed the power of nature on our lands, the devastating winds, fires and floods. We have learned from nature, nature is our teacher and our ancestors pass this knowledge on to us.

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.