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Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form

Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form won the Governor's Book Award in 1966. The important work of Burke Museum Curator Emeritus, Bill Holm, has impacted both the development of contemporary Native art and the general public's understanding of it, beginning with the publication of Northwest Coast Indian Art, An Analysis of Form, now in its seventeenth printing. In this book he provided the vocabulary and grammar for the visual language of the northern Northwest Coast "formline" design system that continues to be used and expanded upon by artists and scholars alike. The impact of this book has been so significant that many forget that it was never intended to be an analysis of Northwest Coast Native art as a whole. It was focused only on the two-dimensional art conventions used on the northern Northwest Coast (Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian art) in the 19th century.


Holm, Bill. Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of From. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum Monograph No. 1; 1965.

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