As part of Quadra School’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations, the Quadra School community engaged renowned Aboriginal artist Tony Hunt Jr. to carve a pole on the school site. The carving took place in a tent on the Quadra School site. Students were able to experience first hand a master carver at work. The school website features a photo of Tony Hunt Jr with the log before carving started.
Tony Hunt Jr had a crew working on the pole at times. His father, Tony Hunt Sr, master carver, was also in attendance on occasion.
It was a great honour to witness this pole raising and to meet two internationally renowned and respected artists.
At the bottom is a human face – the students; in the middle a beaver – who is industrious and works hard, and on the top is raven, whose gift is cleverness and imagination.
Tony Hunt [Sr.] was born in 1942 at the Kwakwaka’wakw community of Alert Bay, British Columbia as the oldest of three sons of Henry Hunt and his wife. The youth received early training from his maternal grandfather Mungo Martin. Through his maternal line, Hunt is a hereditary chief of the Kwakwaka’wakw….After his grandfather Martin’s death in 1962, Hunt became assistant carver to his father Henry Hunt at Thunderbird Park in Victoria, B.C. -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Hunt_%28artist%29
Tony Hunt [Jr.] (b. 1961) was born into a wealth of tradition. His great-grandfather, Mungo Martin has been credited with much of the revitalization of the Kwakwaka’wakw culture in the latter half of this century. His late grandfather, Henry Hunt and his father, Hereditary Chief Tony Hunt, are both renowned Kwakwaka’wakw carvers. Tony Jr. is a highly accomplished artist, whose work is sought by both museums and private collectors in many parts of the world. His family crests are Raven and Sisiutl. Tony is an initiated Hamatsa dancer and has inherited the rights to many high ranking dances belonging to his family. – http://www.alcheringa-gallery.com/tony-hunt-jr.html
The pole was transferred from the carving shed / tent on Thursday June 4, in preparation for the school celebration and official unveiling on Friday, June 5, and a Quadra community event 9organized by the Quadra School PAC) held on the school grounds June 6.