This original cedar carving and stand is by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Godfrey Hunt. It is signed, dates to 1966, and stands 8" high.
The subject of this carving, Pugwis, is the underwater supernatural being transformed from drowned souls in the Kwakwaka'wakw cultural tradition.
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.