Trevor Hunt

Trevor Hunt is part of the great Hunt Family of Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He comes from a long line of hereditary carvers and artists that have been instrumental in the survival of the Kwakwaka'wakw art form on the Northwest Coast. His father is Stan Hunt, his Grandfather was Henry Hunt and his great-grandfather was Mungo Martin.

After learning the traditional form lines, he began to carve Kwakwaka'wakw art alongside his Father Stanley Clifford Hunt, and cousins Tim Alfred, and David Knox. In 1993 he released his first set of prints in Montreal, and since then has released a new print every year, as well as many lines of T-shirts.

Trevor has designed many logos for businesses on Vancouver Island and has carved over twenty-five poles, including one that stands in the Port Hardy Arena. Trevor prides himself on carving in the traditional form while using his own style, which gives his art a unique touch. Recently he, alongside his brother Jason, and cousins, Mervin Child, and Calvin Hunt, carved a massive 52 ft totem pole that his father was commissioned to do, and went down to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in Canada Square.

To date, he has traveled to Friday Harbour, Washington State, Phoenix, Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, Seattle, and Vancouver, for art shows, and carving demonstrations. Teaching the youth to carve is very important to Trevor, so he takes time out to teach the children of Wagulis School in Fort Rupert, as well as Fort Rupert Elementary, where he was asked to donate a drum design for the school in 2011, which they use as their new logo.

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Trevor Hunt (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Killer Whale...