Female master artist Debbie Hunt is a member of the Kwakiutl Band of the Kwakwakwa’wakw First Nation. Her Grandfather was the late Henry Hunt and her father was late master carver and hereditary Chief Tony Hunt, Nakapenkim (meaning ten times Chief). Debbie’s given name is Hamdzidi, meaning to not hesitate to help out. Her name comes from her grandmother Helen Hunt.
Her brother was renowned carver/artist late Tony Hunt Jr. and Uncle’s Richard and Stanley are very talented artists in their own right too. Debbie is very proud of her Kwakiutl and Tlingit history and artistry, and she regards her culture as the strength to maintaining traditional songs and dances.
In 2013 Debbie apprenticed with Master Silversmith Nancy Megan Corwin with Repousse and Chasing. In 2011 Debbie worked with Master Goldsmith Valentin Yotkov, with Repousse. In April 2010, Debbie created two – one and a half inch silver bracelets using her father’s designs, and these were presented to The Honorable Steven Point, the former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and his wife Gwendoline. The bracelets were presented after a special day of a Canoe Launch that his honor and Chief Tony Hunt carved together.