We know the killerwhale pod has a very tight family structure. We understand the pod adheres to this family and leadership structure. We also know that the killerwhale can take on the spirit of the wolf. The sculpture reflects the baby killerwhale hitting the beach, standing up on its fluke as it transforms into a wolf. Then as a wolf, he will run into the woods ready to join the family pack to make new paths on the land. The grandparents of the baby killerwhale are moving in the opposite direction from the land into the ocean. He knows once he takes on the spirit of the wolf then he will stay on the land.
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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