Roy James Hanuse was well-known for promoting and working in the traditional Kwakwaka'wakw style. He started to work seriously as an artist in 1966. His first major achievement involved selling four paintings to the University of British Columbia, and these same paintings were published in Audrey Hawthorn's 'Kwakiutl Art Book' from 1979. Other highlights from Roy's career included carving a 12-foot totem for the Denver Art Museum (1972) and carving two totem poles for the Montreal Olympics (1976). While he was recognized as a wood-carver, he also created limited edition prints, originals and bentwood boxes. Roy passed away on November 8, 2007.