Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

qwa-ya-ciik-tac-cumt • September Moon: the Special Race of People from Out There


The keeper of tomorrow’s dreams and goals comes from the skies. We know in our family history that a special race of people came down from the skies to live with us. They gave us special gifts and ceremonies. One such gift was an insight into how we are related to nature and how we are one with nature. Respect, values, ethics, a socio-political system, and tribal law were all given and put into place. Equally important, was the concept of family structure, the role and responsibility of the family members, and the understanding of all family teachings. The top figure is a special being from out there in the skies. He oversees the young child that we teach and give our affection, so that our future generations will have the same compassion. The mirror gives us a reflection and insight into ourselves. The setting of new paths for the next seven generations and the ancient knowledge of our roots was given to us by our grandparents.

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.