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Thunderbird and Killerwhale


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This original carved cedar plaque is by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Godfrey Hunt. It is signed, dates to 1966, and measures 23" x 9.5 " x 1".

In this well-carved piece, transformation is expressed through the relationship of Thunderbird in the sky and Killerwhale in the sea, with human in the world between. These beings are linked in Hunt's dynamic, flowing style.

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. Following 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.

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