Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

The Rainbow People


The pole with Eagle from the Deep. The two faces Wis (male ancestor), Hupa (female ancestor, grandmother). Wis is our Eldest Sibling recognized throughout the Island. The understanding of the warm trade winds and warm currents that came northward from the South Pacific was not at all new to our family. They gained much from this time and watched new things come to them. It brought Eagle from the Deep and many other new things. My grandmother’s tribe is referred to as the Rainbow People (the people who walked down the rainbow to live here). All of our family teachings and history come from them.

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.