Topic Page

People & Cultures
Kwakwaka'wakw transformation mask as pictured in Robert Bruce Inverarity's 1950 book, Art of the Northwest Coast Indians

A Northwest Coast Native mask is identified as the inspiration for the Seattle Seahawks original logo after years of speculation. 

Map of Coast Salish region and cultural groups

Explore the geographic region of the Coast Salish people, their history, language, and tribal names.

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. 

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

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.

 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.

Pages

Back to Top