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ma ii-put-tu • How We Revere the Family


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 20 × 14 × 6 inches
  • Reference Code: W110301


Raven, Wolf and ancestor. The qwa-ya (Wolf) is the family and how we govern ourselves or how the family works from the oldest to the youngest. Role and responsibility and family concepts. Qu-uu (Raven) is the over-doer. He is the glutton. Always after pleasures that aren’t his but he has to have. A-u-mit (ancestors gone before us) and iik-mut (the beginning of time for our people). Learning from nature the changes caused from wind, fire and the three floods. The ancient knowledge our people gained from our teacher—nature.

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.

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