Totem poles are thought of as symbols of Seattle by many residents and visitors, but, in fact, the indigenous people of Washington state did not traditionally carve totems.
The Ethnological Collection at the Burke Museum includes objects dating from the late 1700s to the present.
Cory Fuavai is a UW student doing research at the Burke to support of his goal to become a Samoan Matai chief.
The tools and technologies to make basketry, woven robes, canoes and other carvings.
Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley’s journey to replicate a feast dish in the Burke Museum collection.
“As I was carving this chest front I felt like I was reconnecting with my ancestor.” – Christian White, Bill Holm Center grant recipient.
For millennia, the Duwamish River sustained a diverse ecosystem before experiencing a dramatic transformation wrought by human engineering.
Connections to older artworks often provide the spark that keeps Native artists inspired in today's growing art scene.
After nearly a century of silence, Kodiak youth and adults learn how to build a traditional model Angyaat.
Referencing Burke collections to reverse-engineer how this material was made and used in the past so it can be used again in the present.
Cory Fuavai researches Samoan objects from the Burke’s collection not only for his coursework, but also to become a matai chief.