Hunt, Godfrey

Godfrey Hunt was born around 1917 (1920?) in Alert Bay on Vancouver Island and passed away at the age of 70. He was a member of the Kwakiutl tribe which has produce the most significant native artist in the past. Not much is known of his artistic career in the first years, but in May 1957, under the supervision of Kwakiutl Chief carver Mungo Martin and Henry Hunt, Godfrey (a nephew of Henry) was taken on as an apprentice in the Victoria Thunderbird Park Project, sponsored by the Province of British Columbia and the Royal BC Museum. He was employed until September 30 the same year. After that he carved a number of totem poles, one in 1971 for the Burnaby, BC Mountain Park, together with William Jeffrey (Tsimshian chief) and Lloyd Walthams Sr.

In 1940 a handful of old totem poles were erected on a vacant lot at the corner of Douglas and Belleville Streets in Victoria, BC as a part of conservation efforts to preserve and display some of the Northwest Coast's rapidly deteriorating art. That lot became known as Thunderbird Park. By 1951 the original poles had become severely decayed. To remedy the situation, the provincial government invited the late Chief Mungo Martin to be head carver of the Totem Restoration Programme.

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