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 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.

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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