Born April 30th, 1958 in Campbell River, British Columbia, George Hunt Jr. is a Kwakwaka’wakw artist. His family is rich in Native heritage descending from the village of Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island. His family includes master carvers Mungo Martin (Step-Great Grandfather), Henry Hunt (Great Uncle) and Tony Hunt (Uncle).
George began carving at the age of fourteen under the tutelage of his father, hereditary chief “Yalawa-Negegdz,” George Hunt Sr. After learning the basics knife techniques and some of the forms that make up Kwagiulth art. George began an apprenticeship with his maternal grandfather, Sam Henderson. Sam was a respected master carver and was recognized as a knowledgeable elder, well versed in the songs, legends, and the ceremonial rights of his people.
George was initiated into the Hamatsa Society and began learning the inherited dance steps at the age of sixteen by his paternal grandfather, Chief Thomas Hunt. For the next few years he tried to learn as much about his people’s culture as he could.
George’s Kwakwaka’wakw name is “Nas-u-niz” meaning “Light Beyond the World”. It originates from the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation. His grandmother, Emma Hunt, descends from the Mowachat people of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
As well as being an accomplished dancer George creates original Kwakwaka’wakw works of art with several types of media. His acrylic paintings on paper and canvas, limited edition serigraphs, carvings in wood and precious metals, traditional dance costumes and original drum designs adorn collections around the world.