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Richard Hunt

Welcome Figure

The concept for this design came from a carving that I did for a bronze. 

The main figure is a Chief holding a talking stick in one hand and a copper in the other.  There is an eagle at the top of the talking stick and a chief, wearing a woven chilkat blanket, on the bottom. A raven surrounds the Chief.  In the raven's tail is an eagle

Eagle is the main crest of the people of Fort Rupert, B.C.,  the copper is the symbol of wealth.  The Chief is welcoming a person, who is wearing a woven hat and chilkat blanket, to his village.

In the background is our big house.  The big house is where we dance and perform our rights and customs.  The design on the front of the house is a Sea Monster.   Sea Monster is the design on Mungo Martin's   house in Thunderbird Park in Victoria, B.C.

In the background are the mountains of Vancouver Island.  The mountains also represent a family of ravens.  Raven is the main crest of the Hunt family.

this design was done for the first coin I did for the Royal Canadian Mint which they published in gold and silver in 2005

Richard Hunt


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