Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

ti-a-lum • December Moon: Sitting on the Water


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 29 × 23.75 × 6.25 inches
  • Reference Code: W90607

In December, the moon sits on the water for four days on the horizon. Sea Chief ha-wit-a-sum and the great sea serpents come up from the bottom of the ocean to hold up the moon. The Sea Chief is the one we see every once in a while. The sea serpents are our crowns for our chiefs used in headdress ceremonies.

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.