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Killer whale is always regarded with respect and awe by Northwest Coastal people, thus they are subject of much fantasy and superstition. He is the King of the oceans, Great Spirit of the sea and ruler of the underworld. Orca is believed to be the reincarnation of deceased chiefs. He is the guardian of the sea, a symbol of longevity and is a close relation to humans. Legends encourage living in harmony with these great mammals, the Orca is the Guardian of strength and communication.
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.
An accomplished dancer and respected member of the Kwakwaka’wakw community, Calvin believes it is important to attend and take part in our feasts and potlatchs that take place in the guwkdzi (Bighouse). These ceremonies are an integral part of our culture; it teaches us respect, humility, honour; it teaches us who we are.