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Red Cedar wood, Cedar bark, Acrylic paint
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Red Cedar wood, Cedar bark, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||47 x 77 x 12"|
|Artist||Stanley E. Hunt III|
|Description||1958 - 2008 Stan Hunt III was born March 24th, 1958 in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada. This small fishing village is located along the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. It is a rich cultural centre for the Kwakwaka’wakw People and, therefore, is a source of inspiration for many artisans including Stan. Stan grew up in Kingcome Inlet, where as a young boy, he would watch his grandfather, Charlie Willie, carve various masks and utilitarian objects for use in many potlatches. His grandfather not only served as an inspiration but also educated him on the many aspects of his roots through stories and legends owned by their family. As a little boy, Charlie encouraged Stan to draw on various mediums including rocks and walls. He later progressed to red and yellow cedar wood. Stan is passed on the carving tradition to his son, Willis Charles Henry Hunt. In recent years, Stan Hunt III focused on producing interpretations of the old Hamatsa Raven masks. His multiple masks, done in the style of Willie Seaweed, became his signature works. He depicted the traditional aspects of the mythical beings revolving around the Hamatsa series of masks. His attention to detail and overall refinement set him apart among other artists. An accomplished artist, Stan’s miniature and full size Hamatsa masks can be found in many collections worldwide.|
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This mask was inspired by the tribal histories and origins of my grandmother Agnes (Hunt) Cranmer (Gwantilakw), and my grandfather Dan Cranmer (Pal Nakwala Wakas). Agnes (Hunt) Cranmer’s great grandmother was Mary Ebetts (Anisalaga), a Tlingit noblewoman from Tongass, Alaska, and the matriarch of the Hunt family. Anisalaga was a Chilkat blanket weaver, and the mother of ten children, she wove a blanket for each of her children, which is quite an undertaking considering it takes about a year to weave one blanket. The raven was Anisalaga’s main crest, and when she married into the Hunt family she brought the right to many treasures including the Raven crest, Raven frontlet, and the Chilkat blanket. The colours used to paint the sun mask (teal blue, white, black, and yellow) are the same colours that you would see in a Chilkat blanket. The two Ravens on the rim of the mask represent not only Anisalaga, but granny Gwatilikw who brought these privileges to the Cranmer family as a marriage dowry. The Raven mask itself is stylized after a Raven frontlet I made for my daughter Ganao (angle of the beak, used of abalone and copper). The sun is actually an original ancestor of the Sisantte clan, one of the five clans that make up my grandfather’s (Dan Cranmer) ‘Namgis tribe. These original ancestors transformed to human form, and became the first people of our tribes, passing down songs, dances, crests, histories to their descendants who live on today. So essentially this mask represents two family histories and origins in which I proudly share. Gilakasla T’sukt’sa’esagameKevin Daniel Cranmer