Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Uu-uu-tu • Self-Independent Mask


  • Medium: red cedar
  • Size: 14 × 15 × 6 inches
  • Reference Code: W140702

In our spirituality we know we have a spirit or inner self that is on this earth only a short time. We all have a purpose – we all have a job to do. We do our level-best to complete our job here.

We always want to be straight, honest, and humble – the greatest art of all is the art of giving. But sometimes our time here is very short — and it was expected that your life could be very short. If you did not finish your job here, your spirit goes to the great beyond, but you will have a stopover. You will get another chance.

If someone in your family conceives, your spirit goes into that little one yet to be born. Sometimes this does not happen, and your spirit might go into a warm-blooded animal – oftentimes an owl. A great white owl sitting on a post at home spoke to Uu-uu-tu and said he was my grandmother’s grandfather. Hence, owls are very important to our family. Today, my niece has been visited by a great white owl on several occasions.

—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.