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Richard Hunt

Raven and Sisiutl

"The Raven is the main crest of the Hunt family of Fort Rupert, B.C. And the main crest of my father, the late Henry Hunt. The Sisiutl is the main crest of my mother, the late Helen Hunt, who was from Kingcome. In my design the Raven has its' wings outstretched and his feet are wrapped on the eyebrows of the Sisiutl. The middle face, (entrance to the house) is the face of a man that the two-headed serpent, or Sisiutl, has eaten. He has his hands up the sides of the door and his mouth forms the entrance to the house. The two heads of the serpent run along the base of the house front and up the sides. These two crests combined tell visitors to our village that the people who live in the house are from the Raven clan, and the Sisiutl have married into this clan.

The edition size of "Raven and Sisiutl", printed in 1995, consists of 100 signed and numbered prints, 10% are Artist's Proofs and 10% are Remarques and 2 Printer's Proof. All other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.

Richard Hunt

Richard

I try to remember to thank our ancestors for keeping our traditions and culture alive.  They went through a lot of hardship for us.  The main influence in my artwork came from my father, Henry Hunt, as well as from Willie Seaweed's work.  These are the people who turned our works from being considered a craft to being regarded as historical art.  I believe the time has come to recognize our works as cultural property.

When I make something, I am claiming the rights to it for myself, and at the same time for our children and all  Kwakwaka'wakw people.  They are the ones who really own it.

I was thirteen when I decided that I wanted to be a carver.  My brothers and I had gone berry picking in Saanich to make money.  I dreamt of berries all that night, and woke up the next morning knowing that I wanted to be a carver like my dad.  My mother told me to go and learn from my father, and that's how I started, making little paddles and masks.  It was a hobby that turned into a way of making an income through my school years.  The more I carved, the more I realized that what I was carving came from my culture.  That is why I believe that what I create is cultural property and it is my job to educate the public about my culture as much as I can to keep it alive.

        to commission an artwork please call Richard at 250-889-1423 or via email richard@richardhunt.com