About Patrick Hunter
Patrick Hunter is a 2 Spirit Ojibway artist best known for
his paintings in the Woodland Art style. His work is in many private and corporate collections
including RBC, BMO, West Elm, Staples, eBay, CTV and the Chicago
Blackhawks to name a few. “There’s
an Indigenous story of people, culture and rich history that I’m trying to share with Canadians
through my art” says Hunter as inspiration for his work.
Working with Patrick on an Indigenous paddle series seemed like the perfect way to showcase his work and provide Canadians with a unique artistic expression of the native lands we all call home.The collaboration consists of four canoe paddle designs featuring Canadian themes done in Hunter’s Woodland Art style. “When I paint, I look into my subject matter to not only see its inner composition but also its spiritual side” says Hunter who was inspired by viewing original works of painter Norval Morrisseau in his hometown of Red Lake.
A portion of the proceeds will go to Hunter’s workshop initiative where he provides new generations the confidence they need to pick up a paintbrush. “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” says Hunter. “I look forward to making new acquaintances through my art as I continue on my creative journey”.
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The Patrick Hunter Canoe Paddle Collection is a limited edition reproduction series with only 300 paddles being made in each design—once sold they're gone! The paddles are made from locally sourced cherry wood, engraved with Hunter’s feather motif and features one of four designs executed in the artist’s signature Woodland style. Each paddle is number stamped on the handle and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Ideal for display in cottage, cabin or home. A portion of the proceeds will go to Hunter’s workshop initiative where he provides new generations the confidence they need to pursue their own creative paths.
Maple Leaf Ininaatigobag
The Ojibwe had many legends that explained the origin of plants and the importance of maple trees in producing maple sugar -- a gift from the Great Spirit and a food staple. Hunter's treatment of the Maple Leaf Canoe Paddle pays homage to these legends and what would become a cherished symbol for all Canadians.
A feather is considered an honourable gift from the Creator signifying honour and the connection between the owner, the Creator, and the bird from which the feather came. For the Hunter, the feather is a recurring theme in his work which is why it is featured on the throat of every paddle.
Hawks are often viewed as a symbol of power in Indigenous cultures. Like eagles, they are symbols of courage and strength associated with protection from enemies. Hunter’s design captures the spirit of the hawk’s power in flight.
The turtle is the Ojibway totem animal of Truth that reflects the lineage of a tribe, reminding them of their ancestry and their mythical past. It symbolizes good health and long life. Hunter’s turtle features green tiles on her shell – a symbol of our reliance on livings things to sustain us.
Patrick Hunter is a student of the Woodland art style originating with Norval Morrisseau.
Made in Canada
100% Canadian made from locally sourced sustainable wood. We wouldn't have it any other way.
the real deal
These are real water-worthy paddles but best placed on display as an object of art.