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.Explore Ethnology Collection
Explore the history, objects, meanings and techniques behind the art of the Coast Salish people native to the Pacific Northwest.
The Burke Museum has a unique opportunity to bring a story pole carved by Chief William Shelton home.
Learn more about the new Bill Holm Center Publication Series on Native Art of the Pacific Northwest.
Learn more about The Kwakiutl of British Columbia, a Documentary by Franz Boas (1930).
Help us find the missing model houses and learn more about this project.