Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“The Giant Shark” Feast Bowl


“From Hesquiaht we have a story of a giant shark. It was a grave menace to our people destroying and swallowing canoe-loads of our families. Our Ancestor, who was a giant himself, began preparing himself and did so for four years. With his sacred weapon from a special race of people from out there he removed the menace and made it safe on the oceans for our travelling people. The giant ancestor has a place on many family curtains [tapestries] of the West Coast Nuu-chah-nulth.”

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.