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Artist Hunter, George
Title Renown Kwakuitl carver, Chief Mungo Martin, with "Wild woman" figure designed and carved for George Hunter, Thunder Bird Park, Victoria, 1954
GH 4708
Accession # 006.94.452
Object Type photo print
Dimensions H-103.63 W-82 cm
Description Chief Mungo Martin was an important figure in Northwest Coast style art, specifically that of the Kwakwaka'wakw Aboriginal people. He was a major contributor to Kwakwaka'wakw art, especially in the realm of wood sculpture and painting. He was also known as a singer and songwriter. In this image, he is carving a figure named "Wild Woman" designed for George Hunter.

Biographical Information:

George Hunter (1921-10 April 2013) is a Canadian documentary photographer who spent seven decades capturing the lives of people on film. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and started taking photographs professionally for newspapers such as the Winnipeg Tribune. He worked for the Tribune during World War II as well as the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). After the war, he turned to freelance work. He was one of the first photographers to be accepted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and is a founding member of the Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation. Three of his images graced the Canadian five, ten, and fifty dollar bills. One of his photographs of Toronto's Pearson International Airport was included as part the Voyager II spaceprobe's time capsule. Hunter was presented with a lifetime achievement award by The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in 2001. He has always held the belief that photographers are the true historians of our day.