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Calvin Hunt was born in 1956 in Alert Bay, British Columbia. He is the son of the late Chief Thomas Hunt and Emma Hunt, which gives him the distinction of ancestry from both the Kwagiulth and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. Hunt began woodcarving at the age of 12. From 1972 to 1981, he apprenticed with Tony Hunt,Sr. Moving to his ancestral home of Fort Rupert in 1981, Calvin and his wife, Marie, opened their carving workshop ‘The Copper Maker’.
In May 1988, Hunt carved and raised the Hunt Pole in Fort Rupert. With the assistance of his brothers, nephews and cousins, he also carved a memorial grave figure for his father, Henry Hunt, at the Fort Rupert cemetery. These poles were the first such poles raised in the village in seventy years. With the resurgence of canoe building in 1993, Calvin and his nephew, Mervyn Child, carved a 32' Northern Style canoe representing the Kwakiutl Nation at ‘Quatuwas’ canoe gathering in Bella Bella. This canoe was named ‘Maxwalaogwa’ after his mother.
In 1995, during a potlatch given by Calvin and his brother, Ross Hunt Sr., Calvin received his Chief’s name, Tlasutiwalis, from his wife’s side of the family. In July of 1998 he was seated as the fourth primary Chief of the Mowachaht; the Hereditary Chieftainship, which belonged to his grandfather, Dr. Billy, of Tsuwana (Friendly Cove). Calvin continues his work in Northwest Coast Indian Art work, working in wood, including canoe building; original silk-screened prints, gold and silver jewelry, and stone carving.