Richard Hunt is a Canadian First Nations artist from the Kwakwaka'wakw (formerly "Kwakiutl") nation of coastal British Columbia. He was born in 1951 at Alert Bay, B.C., but has lived most of his life in Victoria, B.C. On his father's side, he is a descendant of the renowned Native ethnologist George Hunt. He began carving at the age of thirteen and in 1973 began carving with his father Henry Hunt at the famous Thunderbird Park project at the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria. Richard's maternal grandfather was one of the probably most important native artist, Mungo Martin. His brothers Tony and Stanley Hunt are also carvers of great renown. In 1991, Richard was inducted into the Order of British Columbia. He is also a member of the Order of Canada. In addition, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria in 2004. The same year, he was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
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