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Drum Depicting Bear Breaking A Copper by Chief Calvin Hunt, Kwakwaka'wakw Nation

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Drum Depicting Bear Breaking A Copper, 2017, Chief Calvin Hunt, Kwakwaka'wakw Nation, hide, wood, pigment, 18" diameter x 2.5" deep, drum beater included

The design Bear Breaking the Copper was inspired by the long-dormant ritual known as “copper cutting.” The ceremony involved taking a copper, a traditional symbol of the wealth and alliances of Kwakwaka’wakw chiefs, and cutting off a piece of it to be left behind as a challenge. The implement used to cut the copper was carved in the shape of a bear to symbolize the strength one needs to cut a copper.

This drum was created as a tribute to Chief Beau Dick (1955-2017), who in 2013 performed a "copper cutting" in front of British Columbia's provincial legislature to protest treaty abuses by the federal government. The copper, a symbol of justice, truth and balance, was broken to let the offenders know their actions have not gone unnoticed. 

Calvin Hunt, Hereditary Chief Na-soom-yees of the Mowachaht Nation and Hereditary Chief Tlasutiwalis of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation was born in 1956 into a wealth of traditional values.  

Calvin started woodcarving Northwest Coast Indian art at the age of 12. From 1972 to 1981, Calvin carved full time as an apprentice with Tony Hunt, Sr.  at the famed Arts of the Raven Gallery, Victoria, BC. Moving back to his ancestral home of Fort Rupert in 1981, Calvin and his wife, Marie, opened their carving workshop "The Copper Maker". In 1989 the workshop doubled in size and the retail art gallery "Kwakiutl Art of the Copper Maker Gallery" opened. The prophesy of the gallery's name has come true as he now has three full time artists at the workshop.

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 such poles raised in the village in approximately 70 years.

With the resurgence of canoe building in 1993, Calvin and his nephew, Mervyn Child, carved a 32' Northern Style canoe that represented the Kwagu'l Nation at "Quatuwas" canoe gathering in Bella Bella. This canoe, named after his mother, "Maxwalaogwa", belongs to the Maxwalaogwa Canoe Society, formed by Calvin his wife, Marie. Calvin has also carved the 32' Northern Style "I-Hos", and 40' Northern Style "Ugwamalis Gixdan", with Mervyn's assistance. He has helped with the carving of a Munka canoe, and a 37' West Coast Style canoe from Quatsino. Calvin and Mervyn Child are currently carving a Head Canoe.

In 1995, during a potlatch given by Calvin and his brother, Ross Hunt Sr., he received his Chief's name, Tlasutiwalis, from his wife's side of the family, 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".

Calvin continues his work in Northwest Coast Indian Art work, working in wood, including canoe building; original silk-screened prints, gold and silver jewelry, and stone carving.

, hide, wood, pigment, 18" diameter x 2.5" deep, drum beater included

 

Calvin Hunt, Hereditary Chief Na-soom-yees of the Mowachaht Nation and Hereditary Chief Tlasutiwalis of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation was born in 1956 into a wealth of traditional values.  

Calvin started woodcarving Northwest Coast Indian art at the age of 12. From 1972 to 1981, Calvin carved full time as an apprentice with Tony Hunt, Sr.  at the famed Arts of the Raven Gallery, Victoria, BC. Moving back to his ancestral home of Fort Rupert in 1981, Calvin and his wife, Marie, opened their carving workshop "The Copper Maker". In 1989 the workshop doubled in size and the retail art gallery "Kwakiutl Art of the Copper Maker Gallery" opened. The prophesy of the gallery's name has come true as he now has three full time artists at the workshop.

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 such poles raised in the village in approximately 70 years.

With the resurgence of canoe building in 1993, Calvin and his nephew, Mervyn Child, carved a 32' Northern Style canoe that represented the Kwagu'l Nation at "Quatuwas" canoe gathering in Bella Bella. This canoe, named after his mother, "Maxwalaogwa", belongs to the Maxwalaogwa Canoe Society, formed by Calvin his wife, Marie. Calvin has also carved the 32' Northern Style "I-Hos", and 40' Northern Style "Ugwamalis Gixdan", with Mervyn's assistance. He has helped with the carving of a Munka canoe, and a 37' West Coast Style canoe from Quatsino. Calvin and Mervyn Child are currently carving a Head Canoe.

In 1995, during a potlatch given by Calvin and his brother, Ross Hunt Sr., he received his Chief's name, Tlasutiwalis, from his wife's side of the family, 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".

Calvin continues his work in Northwest Coast Indian Art work, working in wood, including canoe building; original silk-screened prints, gold and silver jewelry, and stone carving.