Some of the artists in this exhibition are no longer with us. A special thank you to those individuals who have loaned us these artists’ artwork from their private collections. We appreciate your generosity in allowing them to be part of Hitlisita’um "the copper will be fixed" exhibition.
Hereditary Chief Tony Hunt Sr. was born in Alert Bay in 1942 and was considered an ambassador of Northwest culture to the world. Chief Tony Hunt Sr. received his training from his father, professional carver Henry Hunt a descendent of the late great Chief Mungo Martin. Chief Hunt designed and produced hundreds of totem poles, his work can be seen in the Royal BC Museum, Thunderbird Park and the most well-known largest totem in the Northwest Coast in Fort Rupert. He received an honorary doctorate from Royal Roads University and was named to the Order of BC in 2010 but his more proud achievement was his potlatch name sake, Nakapenkem, inherited from Mungo Martin.