The Bill Holm Center is currently engaged in several projects that will further its mission to establish a globally accessible learning center at the Burke Museum, promote scholarly research on Northwest Coast Native art, increase Native and public access to research resources, and foster appreciation and understanding of Native art of the Pacific Northwest Coast. These projects are funded by grants and private donations. Click here to learn more about how you can help support projects like these.
Explore the history of Coast Salish art, what makes it distinctive among the many regional Northwest Coast styles, and learn about the vitality of contemporary Coast Salish works.
The Burke Museum has a unique opportunity to bring a truly remarkable story pole carved by Chief William Shelton back to the Northwest.
The Bill Holm Center intends to publish in digital form (DVD) The Kwakiutl of British Columbia, a Documentary by Franz Boas (1930) as Visual Fieldnotes from Fort Rupert: Studies of Kwakiutl Dance and Movement by Franz Boas.
In 1892, at least seventeen Haida carvers were commissioned to carve a model of their village of Skidegate, British Columbia, on Haida Gwaii for the World's Columbian Exposition (WCE) in Chicago, Illinois.
The Ethnology department of the Burke Museum has made images of its Northwest Coast (and other ethnology collections) available online, and we encourage researchers to access this resource.
In July 2001, the Burke Museum along with four other museums returned the eight poles and the house front to the Saanykwaan, the people of Cape Fox.
A new grizzly bear house post, carved by Tlingit Master Carver, Nathan Jackson, was installed in the galleries of the Burke Museum on Saturday, August 27th, 2005.