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Calvin Hunt

Kwakwaka'wakw

Calvin Hunt was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia, in 1956. As the son of the late Chief Thomas Hunt and Emma Hunt, he is a descendant from both the Kwagiulth and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. He is also descendant of the renowned Tlingit ethnologist, George Hunt.

Hunt is largely known for his large monumental sculptures. In 1988, he carved and raised the Hunt Pole at Fort Rupert. He also created a memorial grave figure for his father at the Fort Rupert cemetery. These two poles were the first to be raised in the village in 70 years.

His Chief’s name, Tlasutiwalis, was given to him in 1995, from his wife’s side of the family.

Today, Calvin works from his workshop in Fort Rupert, focusing mainly on wood carving, canoe building, jewellery, and stone carving.