Mervyn Child

Mervyn Child
Kwakwaka'wakw, Tlingit, Nuu Chah Nulth
Northwest Coast

Mervyn Child (b. 1955) lives and works in Fort Rupert, BC. He learned to carve from his family well-known Kwakwaka'wakw carvers, Calvin Hunt, George Hunt Jr., and Tom Hunt. Mervyn was initiated into the Nunsishalis Society at the memorial potlatch for the late Tom Hunt.


1986- 91 BC Indian Arts and Crafts Society

1989 The Hunt Family Tree, Legacy Gallery, Seattle, WA.

Tsonoqua, Siwidi Exhibit, Campbell River Museum, Campbell River, BC.

Todance, Legacy Gallery, Seattle, WA.

1989 Chiefly Feast Exhibit, New York, NY. A contemporary art show Children of the Kwakakwaka'wakw

1990-92 Nexus, Vancouver, BC.

1993 Echoes of Chiefly Feasts: masterworks by eleven members of the Hunt Family, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, BC.

Tribal Miniatures '93, first annual exhibition Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, BC.

1998 Voices From Ft. Rupert: The Hunt Family Carves, Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria, BC


1986 60 ft. Hunt Pole in memory of Chief Thomas Hunt, assisted Calvin Hunt.

1990 Port Hardy, BC, Restoration of 18 ft. Charlie James pole, 22 ft. Willie Seaweed pole, and 17 ft. Charlie G. Walkus pole – assisted by Calvin Hunt.

1992 Port Hardy, BC, U gwa ma lis memorial pole.

1993 Fort Rupert, BC, Assisted Calvin and Tom Hunt in carving a 32 ft. canoe called Makwalogwa (to give) in honour Emma Hunt, wife of the late Chief Thomas Hunt.