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Ancestry & Art: bond unveiled in the ‘Raven’s Eye’

‘Multiple Raven’, by Trevor Hunt   - Contributed photo / Ann Sheridan
‘Multiple Raven’, by Trevor Hunt
— image credit: Contributed photo / Ann Sheridan

Art, ancestry and traditions of Vancouver Island’s Kwakiutl First Nation’s Peoples come together in a special exhibition at Arctic Raven Gallery, featuring brothers Trevor and Jason Hunt.

The exhibition, entitled “Through the Eyes of the Raven”, offers an opportunity to experience art from an artists’ perspective, and from that of their ancestors as well. The exhibition opens June 8, at the Friday Harbor gallery, 130 South First Street.

“When we carve, our ancestors carve,” Trevor Hunt says. “Through my eyes, others can see and through my hands, others can feel.”

Descended from Raven Clan on Vancouver Island, Jason and Trevor Hunt hail from a long line of acclaimed carvers. They often work closely with their father, the renowned carver Stanley Hunt. Their grandfather, the iconic Henry Hunt, was for most of his adult life the head carver at Victoria’s Thunderbird Park.

Their great grandfather, Mungo Martin, is said to have embodied Kwakiutl culture and dedicated his life to carving in public at a time when the making of Kwakiutl art had been outlawed.

For more information, Arctic Raven Gallery, 378-3433, www.arcticravengallery.com

 

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