The figure is a Chief holding a talking stick in one hand and a copper in the other. There is an eagle at the top of the talking stick and a chief, wearing a woven chilkat blanket, on the bottom. A raven surrounds the Chief. In the raven’s tail is an eagle Eagle is the main crest of the people of Fort Rupert, B.C. The copper is the symbol of wealth.
Richard Hunt is an internationally acclaimed Victoria-based artist who hails from a family of celebrated native artists in the Kwakwaka’wakw nation of coastal British Columbia. Richard began carving with his father at the age of 13, and has since created a diverse body of artwork, including serigraphs, engraved jewelry, wood sculptures and ceremonial works, and also created designs for the Royal Canadian Mint and the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Richard is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards. He was the first native artist to receive the Order of British Columbia in 1991, and in 1994 was elected to the Order of Canada, “in recognition of serving with the greatest distinction and excellence in a field of endeavor benefiting the people of the Province of British Columbia and elsewhere.” Richard also received the BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art in 2009, and has been honoured with two royal medals; the Golden Jubilee medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Jubilee Diamond Medal in 2012. Richard has been recognized by the Royal Academy of the Arts for his outstanding artistic achievements in the visual arts, and has an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Richard Hunt’s native name, Gwe-la-yo-gwe-la-gya-lis, means “a man that travels around the world giving.
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