This article was published on June 15th, 2021
Connecting art and his tribal roots has been interwoven extensively in the works of 2 Spirit Ojibway artist, Patrick Hunter, best known for his series of paintings in the Woodland Art style as well as collaborations with RBC and BMO Banks, Ernst & Young, West Elm, Staples, eBay, and CTV to name a few. Patrick was recently approached by Canada Canoe Paddles to create artisanal canoe paddles for display in cottages, cabins, homes and offices.
Canoe Paddles Are Rich in Canadian History
The canoe paddle is steeped in history that dates back to early explorers who navigated through uncharted territories of North America. The courage and inimitable spirit of these early explorers that overcame physical obstacles, mental exhaustion, and unknown dangers to achieve an impossible feat.
Hunter’s Indigenous paddle series is the perfect showcase of his work and expose all Canadians with a unique artistic expression of the people and the region. Through artistic expression, Hunter aims to share the cultural legacy of the Indigenous, delving into the people, culture and history of Canada.
Limited Edition Series
The paddles will be sold individually, numbered from 1 to 300 as part of a limited series. Once they have all been purchased, no more will be made, with the 300 considered ideal as a special addition to home for outdoor enthusiasts or someone that appreciates Canada and all its natural beauty. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Hunter’s workshop initiative which provides new generations the confidence to pursue their artistic passions. According to Hunter:
“Seeing how people react to what I create brings me the greatest joy and drives me to continue growing as an artist and a voice for Indigenous culture. I look forward to making new acquaintances through my art as I continue on my creative journey.”
About the Artist
As an out and proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Patrick Hunter is an advocate using his platform in an inspiring way that has resonated within his region and beyond. Originally from a small mining town in north western Ontario, Red Lake, Hunter studied graphic design in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and has been living in Toronto for ten years. With Indigenous History Month and Pride Month coinciding within the month of June, the shared values of the two groups are meant to be acknowledged through the commemoration of a lauded two-spirit artist.
Also during the month of June, Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast are gathering to honour the 215 children from the former residential school on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc territory near Kamloops, BC, and all residential school survivors from across Canada.
The Patrick Hunter Canoe Paddle collection is available now for pre-release sale at canadacanoepaddles.ca.