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Dzunukwa is the Kwakwaka’wakw name for the Wild Woman of the Woods. She is a giant spiritually powerful spirit who can resurrect the dead and manifest lightning with her supernaturally loud voice. Dzunukwa guards and protects her children, who are all creatures and spirits of the forest. Human children who wander are likely to be captured by her and thrown into a basket on her back. She is almost always depicted with an accentuated mouth in an oval shape to represent her whispers in the wind, to attract humans to the woods.
Calvin Hunt, (1956) is the youngest son of Kwagu’l Hereditary Chief Thomas Hunt, and Emma, the daughter of a great Mowachaht Chief and Shaman, Dr. Billy, from the Mowachaht of Yuquot. He is also the grandson of renowned carver Mungo Martin and grandmother, Abayah. In 2004 Calvin was inducted into the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and honoured with the BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art in 2009.
His 45 years of carving experience has generated an extremely knowledgeable Northwest Coast artist, whose passion for the arts is evident in the pieces he creates. Known for his expertise in his diverse range of totem pole carving, he has produced works of fine art whose sculpture stimulates influences and communicates thought, emotions and beliefs. His creativity and aesthetic sensibilities has been recognized by collectors around the world, giving him the reputation of an internationally acclaimed Kwagu’l artist whose integrity and commitment is evident by his reliability of completing projects in a timely manner and within budget.