Ross Hunt Senior, born in 1948, is a member of the Fort Rupert Band of the Kwagulth people. He credits his elders and family for his artistic inspiration. His father, the late Chief Thomas Hunt, was a singer and orator and his mother, the late Emma Hunt, was an instructor in the teaching of Kwagulth and Nuu chah nulth culture. Hunt apprenticed under his uncle, the late Chief Henry Hunt, for four years and with Tony Hunt for six years at Arts of the Raven Gallery in Victoria. He has worked with other noted artists including Calvin Hunt and John Livingston. Ross Hunt Sr. currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.*
*Cited from www.pacificeditions.ca
Born June, 12, 1948
Alert Bay, B.C.
I have been very fortunate to come from such a family so rich and involved in our Kwagulth Heritage. Out late father Chief Thomas Hunt was a heriditary kwagulth Chief of Tsaxis (Fort Rupert). He was also of Tlingit and Tlowatsis decent. And on our mother's side "Emma Billy," Hunt we are Mowachat, Nimpkish and Quatsino. Our mother's father was a hereditary chief of the Mowachat people from Nootka. His name was Dr. Billy.
Through all our families day's growing up we were brought up with the "Potlatch System". I feel we owe our elder's and heriditary .chiefs a great deal for retainingour ancestral right to our culture. The persiveered through persecution and the threat of prison to retain their cultural heritage and language.
In regard's to my learning it was through our elder's and family love for learning our art and culture. From our parent's I learned our legend's and family history, and ffrom my cousin's I learned to do the art, I apprenticd four years with the late Henry Hunt Sr., and eight year's with his son Tony Sr. I also carved with my younger borther Calvin, John Livingston, [Sene Brabant ?], and about 60 other carvers oveer the coarse of the last 35 year's.
Over the last fifteen year's I have done numerous limited edition prints. The insperation for all of themm have come from looking out our house window and looking around in Beaver Harbour, only the [...] False Whale was not inspired by our rich harbour.
I am the grandson of the late chief David Hunt. And my father is the late chief Thomas Hunt. My mother is still alive and helping to teach her gand children and great grandchildren how to dance and sing in Fort Rupert. I was very fortunate to have a vry talented family. Our father was a singer and orator, our mother was an instructor in the teaching of our culture as well as the west coast culture.
From my parentsand aunts and unlces I learned about our heritage. From my uncle, Chief Henry Hunt, and his eldest son Tony Hunt I learned to carve and design. I apprenticed four years with Henry and 8 years with Tony at the Arts of the Raven Gallery. I was fotunate to have such good teacher's. As well, I worked with other talented artists, my younger brother Calvin, John livingston, [Sene Brabant], Richard Hunt, to name a few.
I strongly beliece, if our elders had not faught so harrd to retain our culture and heritage we artists living today would have nothing, that also includes all our people.