This original carved cedar plaque is by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Godfrey Hunt. It is signed, dates to 1966, and measures 9.5" x 11.5" x 0.75".
This work relates to the origin story of the Namgis in which First Human has transformed from Bull Head, usually portrayed as a type of big fish, and establishes the first community with the help of Thunderbird.
Godfrey Hunt was born in the island community of Alert Bay off the coast of northern Vancouver Island. He is related to and influenced by the Hunt family of carvers. He was among the artists who flourished during the mid-20th century renaissance of First Nations art through commercial outlets. Generations of carvers have benefitted immensely from this legacy of technique and expression following the lifting of the potlatch and carving ban in 1952.
Donated by Joyce Wolfe.