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Stan Hunt III
Born 1958, Alert Bay, BC
Kwakwaka’wakw carver Stan Hunt III was born in Alert Bay located along the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. Hunt began carving as a young boy and eventually worked with established artists such as Beau Dick, Richard Hunt and the late Joe Peters Jr. He was inspired to work through his grandfather, Charlie Willie, who was also responsible for teaching Hunt about the traditions and stories owned by his family.
Hunt has been specializing in masks inspired by the Kwakwaka’wakw Hamatsa Society. The Hamatsta takes place during the Winter Dance ceremonies and is one of the most elaborate and intricate, sometimes lasting over several days. Paying tribute to the style of Willie Seaweed, his masks have become his trademark works. He is an excellent and detailed carver-his vibrant pieces are full of energy.