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Sucia figure, Coast Salish Art

An introduction to the art of the First Peoples of western Washington and southwestern British Columbia who speak the Coast Salish languages.

Duwamish river

Explore the dramatic changes to Seattle's landscapes and shorelines through The Waterlines Project.

This 37-foot story pole carved by William Shelton is being repaired thanks to help from the community. 

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. 

Aerial photograph of West Point

A 1992 construction site led to a significant discovery of cultural remains of local Native Americans that lived at and used the site for thousands of years.

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

 William_Shelton_carving_a_totem_pole

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.

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.

Shedding light on some of the greatest differentiating characteristics between the spruce baskets of the Tlingit and the Haida.

historic photo of the house posts

Uncovering the story behind a historic promotional poster and the polychrome carved cedar grizzly bear it features.

hands weaving a small basket

Learn to identify the different techniques and styles of Native American basketry in this web feature from 2001.

models of Haida houses and poles

In the early 20th century, 13 model houses and poles from the Haida village of Skidegate went missing.

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