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Noted 19th century Haida carver Charles Edenshaw with the chest.

“As I was carving this chest front I felt like I was reconnecting with my ancestor.” – Christian White, Bill Holm Center grant recipient.

Duwamish River in 1906

For millennia, the Duwamish River sustained a diverse ecosystem before experiencing a dramatic transformation wrought by human engineering.

Kéet Ooxú (Killer Whale Teeth) (left, far right): Shgen George, Tlingit, 2014

Connections to older artworks often provide the spark that keeps Native artists inspired in today's growing art scene. 

Youth in Kodiak, Alaska, hold the model angyaats they built with curator Sven Haakanson

After nearly a century of silence, Kodiak youth and adults learn how to build a traditional model Angyaat.

Curator Sven Haakanson cleans a bear intestine

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.

Lou-ann Neel holds a model totem carved by her grandfather in the culture collections

The Burke is dedicated to collaborating with diverse Native populations, sharing collections and learning together. 

Danny carefully glues parts on a pump drill as John Timu looks on.

Danny Shelton builds a stronger connection to his heritage and inspires his fellow classmates to pursue their own cultural research.

The updated 50th anniversary edition of Bill Holm’s definitive book on northern Northwest Coast art.

Outside Red Mill Totem Fish and Chips.

Despite its popularity, the identity of the carvers who made the poles has been misrepresented for years. 

Bruce Alfred takes a closer look at the mask

We look back at what we’ve learned about the Native mask that inspired the original Seattle Seahawks logo in the past year.

Carved comb showing four-legged animal

The design of Coast Salish carving, its iconography (meaning), and how it relates to other region styles.

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