Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Gwa-ciik-kwa-ii-lum • The Spirit of Wolf


Every now-or-then, the great, giant spirit of wolf would show itself. It would come out of the blue sky accompanied by the sky chief. Our family, in certain feasts and potlatches would bring this out in huge headdress form. They had a song to show it and a song to let it go. In a dream as a young boy I saw the great spirit of wolf come atop of three mountain peaks in the village I grew up in.

The holes cut through this piece represent the doors of nature where the spirit of wolf comes through.

—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.