Bill Holm Center


The Bill Holm Center is currently engaged in several projects to further its mission and establish a globally accessible learning center at the Burke Museum, promote scholarly research on Northwest Native art, increase Native and public access to research resources, and foster appreciation and understanding of Native art of the Pacific Northwest.

We are currently migrating content from our old website to the new website. Please note that what is displayed here does not fully represent the scope of Bill Holm Center projects and will continue to be updated as we move forward.

Featured Bill Holm Center Projects

On his last trip to the Northwest coast in 1930, noted anthropologist Franz Boas and George Hunt created audio and film recordings of crafts, games, and dancing in the Kwag’uł village of Tsaxis (Fort Rupert), British Columbia.


Video from the Burke Museum's ArtTalk Symposium: Conversations on Northwest Native Art on March 27-28, 2015.

The updated 50th anniversary edition of Bill Holm’s definitive book on northern Northwest Coast art.

Bruce Alfred takes a closer look at the mask

We look back at what we’ve learned about the Native mask that inspired the original Seattle Seahawks logo in the past year.

a sheet of slides

More than 25,000 images from Bill Holm and Robin K. Wright, museums and several private collections.

A color photo of the mask that inspired the Seahawks logo

The mask that inspired the Seattle Seahawks logo is discovered to be part of the Hudson Museum collection in Maine.

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. 

This 37-foot story pole carved by William Shelton is being repaired thanks to help from the community. 

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.

Support Bill Holm Center Projects

These projects are funded by grants and private donations. To support projects like these, please consider making an online gift to the Bill Holm Center.

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