Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwagiulth), 1956
Calvin Hunt is descended from Kwagu’l and Mowachaht chiefs and is the grandson of renowned carver Mungo Martin and fabric artist Abayah Martin. He began woodcarving at age twelve and was an apprentice to Tony Hunt Sr. for nine years, later moving to his ancestral home near Port Hardy to open a workshop and gallery with his wife, Marie. Calvin and other family members have worked together to carve and raise totem poles for their home village. With his nephew, Mervyn Child, he has also carved a number of canoes in different styles, demonstrating his artistic versatility and his dedication to revitalizing Pacific Northwest canoe traditions. In the 1990’s, Calvin received hereditary chieftainships from both sides of his family. In 2004, he was honored with induction into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Today, Calvin is actively engaged in woodcarving, canoe building, silkscreen printing, gold and silver jewelry-making, bronze sculpture, and stone carving. He has been a mentor to many emerging artists and a leading figure in the First Nations art world.