Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Mountain Chief Mask


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 15 × 10.5 × 7 inches
  • Reference Code: W110503

Mountain Chief with First Man, First Woman and Four Ravens:

“Since the beginning of time for our people, we knew from our teaching and history that there was an unwritten law. It was the strict law of nature in that we do not condemn anything to extinction. We are doing just that by cutting down old growth red cedar at a rate that it will all be gone forever. Our great grandchildren will not know what old growth was. The cutting and the removal of old growth red cedar must stop now.

In this mask the Mountain Chief brings forward our very first man and woman (unpainted face) to remind us we have an obligation to honour the strict law of nature and we are not too late. The Mountain Chief brings with him four ravens, a sign and reminder that something is to die in and that old growth red cedar will soon be gone for 500 years. It is a reminder we should take this seriously today!”

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.