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Northwest Native Art

Innovative Coast Salish art being produced in the tradition of the artists' ancestors.

The tools and technologies to make canoes and other carvings.

Sucia Figure

Works of art in the form of carved bone, stone, horn and basketry have been found and dated back to 5,000 years ago.

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.

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

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.

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.

Historic photo of William Shelton working on a totem pole

A story of cultural survival, from the ancient villages to the time of cultural disruption, to the enduring power of totem poles today.

Baskets on table

Diagrams, resources and activities to guide exploration of Northwest Coast basketry.

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