Henry Hunt (artist)
Fort Rupert, B.C., Canada
He was born in 1923 in the Kwakwaka'wakw community of Fort Rupert, B.C. He is a descendant of the renowned Native ethnologist George Hunt. Hunt was originally a logger and fishermen but went to Victoria to help his father-in-law Mungo Martin at the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria in 1954, where he remained until 1974. He succeeded Mungo Martin there as chief carver in 1962.
Henry Hunt follows the Kwakwaka'wakw carving tradition, using minimum paint, deep cuts with traditional tools. He has carved a number of totem poles. Hunt's works can be seen at the Thunderbird Park and around the world, including a pole in the town of Berkhamsted in the United Kingdom.
He and Tony Hunt, his eldest son, carved a memorial pole to Martin at Alert Bay, B.C., in 1970-71.
- Hunt, Ross. (2007). "The Hunt Family's Trip to West Germany to Attend the Bundesgarten Show." Anthropology News, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 20–21.
- Hawthorn, Audrey. (1988). Kwakiutl Art. University of Washington Press. ISBN 0-88894-612-0.
- Macnair, Peter L., Alan L. Hoover, and Kevin Neary. (1984). The Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art. Vancouver, B.C.: Douglas & McIntyre.