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While there have been enormous changes in Coast Salish Native diet and culture over the centuries, a core value of food has survived.

Model Chinese junk in the Burke collection

Model Chinese ships are an important record of this form of shipbuilding that preceded modern ships made of steel and fiberglass. 

Flowers and fruits of Citharexylum argutidentatum.

From Amazonian jungles to Mexico's deserts, the diversity of these ecosystems is unrivaled. It is home to earth’s greatest biodiversity.

Additional resources related to the First Peoples who speak the Coast Salish language.

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The totem pole, which had become a symbol of "a generalized American Indianess," was not a traditional art form of the southern Coast Salish peoples.

William Shelton carving

It is not possible to interpret what the pole really means without knowing the history of the pole and the family that owns it.

The Greater spear-nosed bat, Phyllostomus hastatus

Sharlene Santana studies how behavior, diet, anatomy and function result in bursts of diversification in tropical bats.

Researcher Regan Dunn reconstructs what types of vegetation existed in ancient Patagonia

Researcher Regan Dunn reconstructs what types of vegetation existed in ancient Patagonia to understand the impact of climate change.

The rings on a fish otolith.

The rings in a tree stump can tell us a lot about the tree, but did you know similar records are hidden inside the tiny ear bones of fishes?

Chilkat Dancing Blanket

The Chilkat blanket was conceived to be a royal object in motion—the fringe swirls and sways as the wearer dances, dips and turns to a drum beat.

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