Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“Spirit of Woodpecker” Mask (East)


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 15.5 × 13 × 10 inches
  • Reference Code: W101011

“In Hesquiaht we have a woodpecker dance. This mask is showing its human form. A passerby in the forest nearing a pond heard a commotion. He crept closer to the pond and peeked through the brush. To his amazement, he saw a woodpecker bathing in his human form singing a song and performing a dance. This is how we learnt this woodpecker dance. The woodpecker is the predictor. He predicts what is coming and going. The colour red is the colour of the east.”

Tim Paul

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.