‘Namukwiyalis Memorial’ by Calvin Hunt – First Nations Northwest Coast Kwakwaka’wakw Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts.
Condition: no condition noted.
Description by Artist: This design was created in memory of Eugene Hunt, ‘Namukwiyalis,’ his potlatch name, meaning ‘a man with no equal.’ The wolf design is from Eugene’s mother, Emma Hunt who owned the ‘spinning wolf’ dancer from her father, chief ‘Dr. Billy’ of the house of Tsuwana at Nootka, or Friendly Cove.
The sun crest in the middle of the design was given by the Alfred family of the ‘Namgis Tribe to Eugene’s parents, Chief Thomas and Emma Hunt, as a dowry when they married. The Raven is the main crest of the Hunt family, descending from Eugene’s great-grandmother, Mary Ebbits, who was a Tlingit princess from Tsongas, Alaska.
This design was created by Calvin Hunt with the assistance of John Livingston and was also painted on Eugene Hunt’s native-style, red cedar casket at the time of his passing. Calvin Hunt is Eugene’s youngest brother and John Livingston was Eugene’s working partner for more than ten years. This print is being released in conjunction with the exhibition, ‘Namukwiyalis: A Man With No Equal, The art and life of Kwagu’ ł artist Eugene Hunt,’ mounted by his family and Pacific Editions Limited.” – John Livingston
Notes from DaVic Gallery: This Limited Edition silkscreen print titled “Namukwiyalis Memorial” by Calvin Hunt was published in February, 2003. It was hand produced by the screen-printing process. It is the only limited edition printing of this design. The artist was involved in the printmaking, checking the stencils and signing each copy in the edition: 200 signed and numbered copies, 20 artist’s proofs, 1 printer’s proof. 3 Hors de Commerce copies exist and are defaced and all other trial copies have been destroyed and the printing stencils obliterated.
Best edition print # 100 / 100