190330-01 Kwaguilth (Kwakiutl) Totem Pole by Richard Hunt
Richard Hunt, one of Canada's premiere Native artists, has been creating traditional cultural art for most of his life. At the age of thirteen, he decided to become a carver like his father. Born in 1951 in Alert Bay, BC, Richard is a Kwaguilth (Kwakiutl) Native. The Kwaguilth people traditionally reside in the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island and the central coast of British Columbia. Although born in Alert Bay, Richard has spent most of his life in Victoria where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.
With photos of this pole being carved showing different stages and with ordinal notes. "This totem pole is a crest pole. The top figure is an eagle. The bottom figure is a hawkman with Sun' s face. He is transforming from a hawk to a man. On the hawk's chest, I have used an eagle as a filler design. Eagle is the main crest of the Kwa-gulth people of Fort Rupert, B.C. and is also on the Johnathon Hunt totem pole in theRoyal B.C. Museum. This pole was purchased from the Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria, B.C. in the early 1990s.