“This mask would often be mounted on a stick and raised above the dance curtain in the performance. The mask has the four elements incorporated in the design — sky, mountains, rivers and wind. The forehead has thunderbirds in the clouds in the sky. The sky is the light and light is the creator. Below the sky is the land with the mountains. We are all related to the mountains and this is where we come from. Above the eyebrows is the wind that gives us the four directions – white is north, black is west, red is east and yellow is south. Across the cheeks there is the design of the flowing river. The river water is the life force and is important as the giver of many things.”
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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