Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Hum-is • Red Cedar Man Showing His Spirit Mask


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 23 × 19 × 5 inches
  • Reference Code: W110312

“The owl is coming to take his spirit away. At the rate the old growth red cedar is being cut down, soon, very soon, there will not be any more left. We, as human beings, are taking what nature only gives us. We have lost that understanding and are breaking the strict law of nature; condemning it to extinction. We must stop cutting the old growth now.”

Tim Paul

This artwork was carved from second-growth red cedar.

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.