Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Lula-ak • The Wind


  • Medium: alder, hair (horse)
  • Size: 13.75 × 12.25 × 11 inches
  • Reference Code: W30414

Collaboration with Lucinda Turner.

The Wind Mask is known in our language as a ghost wind - Lula-ak. The story is told to all young hunters in order to make them aware of their surroundings. Their purpose for being in the forest, or on the rivers, or on the crags and cliffs of the high mountains — the domain of Mountain Goats — was to bring home food. They are not allowed to daydream about their spouse or the comforts of home. The ghost wind is always there and will reach in and blow quietly into their faith. If this happens they will become disoriented and lost and they will wander the mountains in that state until they die.

Norman Tait

Norman Tait



Norman was born in 1941 in the northern community of Kincolith, British Columbia. He learned from his family protocols, oral histories and ceremonies and had an early interest in the arts. He carved the 16.5-metre (55-foot) totem pole for the entranceway to the Field Museum in Chicago and a totem pole commissioned by the British royal family for Bushy Park in London. He has carved and ceremonially raised five totem poles in Greater Vancouver, including at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Stanley Park, Capilano Mall and the Native Education Centre. He has conducted extensive research into Nisga’a art and is the foremost Nisga’a artist in wood, precious metals and graphics.