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Gene Brabant is an established carver who is known for his vibrantly painted and expressively carved masks. Brabant was raised and trained with the prominent Hunt family and received the same training in the art of carving as the famous carvers Stan, Tony and Richard Hunt. These artists were all apprenticed to their father, Henry Hunt, who was Master Carver to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC. He has also apprenticed and worked with John Hunt and John Livingston and while he is trained in the Kwakwaka'wakw tradition he also works in the Nuxalk or Bella Bella style.
Brabant's carving and painting work is in private collections around the world, as well as in the permanent collections of several museums including the Royal Museum of British Columbia, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Man in Ottawa. Jay Brabant, Gene's son, is also emerging as one of the promising younger generation of carvers.
Bella Coola Nulamala Fool Mask
Gene Brabant (Cree)
From the U'mista Cultural Sociaty website (click here to see): The Nułamała "Fool Dancer" are me...
From the U'mista Cultural Sociaty website (click here to see): The Nułamała "Fool Dancer" are messengers and assistants to the Hamat̕sa and help enforce the laws of the Winter Ceremonies. Membership in the Nułamała Society is hereditary. The Nułamała along with the Grizzly Bear dancers cut and distribute food to make sure that the Hamat̕sa are fed properly. Both societies are the "policemen of the T̕seka Winter Ceremonies". The Nułamała will attack people by throwing stones, hitting with sti...
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