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Ethnology at the Burke


Ethnology is the branch of anthropology concerned with living cultures. The Burke Museum is particularly renowned for its collections of Native American art and artifacts.

The Burke Museum's Ethnology Division cares for objects of cultural heritage from living cultures of the Americas, the Pacific Islands, and Asia. A portion of these collections are on display in the museum galleries. You can also explore the collections online.

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Lidded Basket, Rattle Top made by John Wallace. Burke Museum cat. no. 2012-150/1
Ethnology Accession: Lidded Basket, Rattle Top made by John Wallace. Burke Museum cat. no. 2012-150/1

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Coast Salish Art

Explore the history, objects, meanings and techniques behind the art of the Coast Salish people native to the Pacific Northwest.

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Bill Holm Center Publication Series

Learn more about the new Bill Holm Center Publication Series on Native Art of the Pacific Northwest.

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Skidegate Haida Model Houses & Poles

Help us find the missing model houses and learn more about this project.

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Visual Fieldnotes from Fort Rupert

Learn more about The Kwakiutl of British Columbia, a Documentary by Franz Boas (1930).