People / Henry Hunt

Artist. Henry Hunt was born on October 16, 1923 in Fort Rupert, British Columbia. The grandson of George Hunt and the father of Tony, Stanley, and Richard Hunt, he is apart of a long artistic lineage. Hunt apprenticed under his father-in-law, Mungo Martin, and Arthur Shaunnesy, another respected Kwaknaka’wakw carver. Hunt would later replace Martin as the Thunderbird Park Master Carver at the Royal British Columbia Museum in 1962. Hunt’s son, Tony, worked with him as chief assistant carver. Together they created a series of important works at the Park, including a thirty-two foot pole in honor of Mungo Martin. The pole was erected in ‘Yalis (Alert Bay) in 1970. Upon retirement, the position of Thunderbird Park Master Carver was passed onto Richard Hunt. Henry Hunt passed away in 1985.