Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit Nations
Corrine Hunt was born in 1959, in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island near the North-eastern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She has lived in Vancouver since 1975, where she attended Simon Fraser University and majored in Anthropology.
Her maternal uncle, Norman Brotchie, piqued her interest with his beautiful hand carved jewellery and was instrumental in introducing her to the Kwakwaka’wakw art history. Corrine has been designing jewellery as a master carver since 1985, and was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement award in 2011.
In 2010 Corrine had the distinct honour of co-designing the Olympic Medals which featured the Orca and Raven, her crest animals.
She is a member of the Raven ‘Gwa’wina’ Clan from Ts’akis, a Kwakwaka’wakw village on Vancouver Island. Her paternal grandmother, A’neesla’ga’ was a Tlingit noblewoman from Alaska. The Hunt family heritage has been doubly endowed with both the Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit traditions as evident in Corrine’s exceptional creations. She works and resides with her partner in Vancouver, BC.