Born 1956, Victoria BC
Calvin Hunt was born into a wealth of traditional values. He started woodcarving at the age of twelve under the informal guidance of Henry Hunt. In 1971, he apprenticed with Tony Hunt Sr. at the Arts of the Raven Gallery in Victoria. In 1981 Hunt moved from Victoria to his ancestral home of Fort Rupert.
In May 1988, he carved and raised the Hunt Pole in Fort Rupert, which is hereditarily owned by his oldest brother, George Hunt Sr. With the assistance of his brothers, nephews and cousins, he also carved a memorial grave figure for his father at the Fort Rupert cemetery. These poles were the first to be raised in the village in almost 70 years.
With the rebirth of canoe building in 1993, Hunt and his nephew, Mervyn Child, carved a 32 ft. Northern Style canoe that symbolized the Kwagu'l Nation at “Quatuwas” canoe gathering in Bella Bella. This canoe, named for his mother, “Maxwalaogwa”, belongs to the Maxwalaogwa Canoe Society, formed by Calvin his wife, Marie. Hunt has also carved the 32 ft Northern Style “I-Hos”, and 40 ft. Northern Style “Ugwamalis Gixdan”, with Mervyn's assistance.
In July of 1998, he was seated as the fourth primary Chief of the Mowachaht; the Hereditary Chieftainship, which belonged to his grandfather, Dr. Billy, of Tsuwana (Friendly Cove), his Chief's name being "Nas soom yees". Hunt was awarded the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts prize in May of 2004.