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Hunt, Tony Sr. (1942-2017)

Cultural Group : Kwakwaka'wakw

Chief Tony Hunt or Mu-pen-kim Kla-kwa dzee ("Four-Times- Chief Big Copper') is hereditary chief of the KwaGulth people of Fort Rupert and Kingcome Inlet, B.C. and the greatest living native artist of the Pacific Northwest. Tony Hunt, his father Henry Hunt and his grandfather (Chief Mungo Martin) were the creators of Victoria's famous Thunderbird Park. Subsequently, Tony Hunt designed the Hunt Family Big House within the Royal Victoria Museum, but his grand masterpiece is the KwaGulth ceremonial Big House at Fort Rupert, the largest traditional native structure ever built in the Pacific Northwest.

Tony Hunt has been an artist all his life, and has designed and carved nearly one hundred full-scale totem poles - more than any native artist living or dead. (Remarkably, the composite height of these totems is considerably greater than the world's largest free standing structure - Toronto's CN Tower!). Beyond his contribution to Canadian Heritage, many of his totems have become celebrated national monuments in America, Great Britain, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, Japan and China.

Among the many honours awarded him outside his traditional culture are: Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Royal Roads College; Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, C.M.; Honorary Life Member, Alumni Association of the University of British Columbia; Commonwealth Medal of Honour.