Northwest Coast Native Art Photos

The Native Americans who inhabited the Pacific Coast from Alaska through British Columbia created an artistic style some compare to that of ancient Egypt or modern cubists. Each tribe evolved its own styles. Artists of these peoples continue to push this art form into new directions.

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Tlingit house entrance with design of black bear at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Tlingit array of dance & feast regalia at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Tlingit carved wooden ceremonial hat & robe at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Haida ceremonial outfit with raven rattle at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Tlingit house entrance (c1840) with design of black bear at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Tlingit array of dance & feast regalia (1890-1910) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Tlingit carved wooden ceremonial hat (c1850) & robe (c1880) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Haida ceremonial outfit (late 19th C) with raven rattle at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Haida paddle & dance apron at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Chilikat tunic with family crests at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Nisga'a shaman's waist robe at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Yupik northwest coast woven root rain hat at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Haida paddle (c1880) & dance apron (c1890) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Chilikat tunic with family crests (c1875) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Nisga'a shaman's waist robe (c1870) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Yupik northwest coast woven root rain hat (c1840) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Haida woven hat with painted frog design at Vancouver Museum. Vancouver, BC.Northwest Coast Indian painted spruce root hat at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Haida basket hat with killer whale at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Tlingit basketry hat & cover at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Haida woven hat with painted frog design at Vancouver Museum. Vancouver, BC.Northwest Coast Indian painted spruce root hat (c1923) at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Haida basket hat with killer whale (c1890) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Tlingit basketry hat & cover (early 19th C) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Northwest coast conical native hat at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Northwest coast native spruce root woven whaler's hat at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Tlingit wooden chest with lid with image of grizzly bear at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Northwest Coast native Haida boxes at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.
Northwest coast conical native hat (c1790) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Northwest coast native spruce root woven whaler's hat (19th C) at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Tlingit wooden chest with lid (1850) with image of grizzly bear at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Northwest Coast native Haida boxes at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.
Tlingit rawhide drum with image of eagle at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Tsimshian dish from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Haida seal bowl at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Tlingit seal-shaped feast bowl at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.
Tlingit rawhide drum (c1880) with image of eagle at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Tsimshian dish (19th C) from British Columbia at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Haida seal bowl (1917) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.Tlingit seal-shaped feast bowl at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.
Northwest coast native brown bear bowl at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Kwakiutl sea lion feast bowl from BC, Canada at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston, TX.Carved wooden feast dish from Chilkat Tlingit culture of Klukwan, AK at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Heiltsuk or Haisla bent-corner bowl from British Columbia at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.
Northwest coast native brown bear bowl (1840-80) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Kwakiutl sea lion feast bowl (mid 19th C) from BC, Canada at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston, TX.Carved wooden feast dish (c1850) from Chilkat Tlingit culture of Klukwan, AK at National Museum of the American Indian. Washington, DC.Heiltsuk or Haisla bent-corner bowl (c1850-70) from British Columbia at Nelson-Atkins Museum. Kansas City, MO.
Haida bent-corner bowl from Skidgate, Queen Victoria Islands, BC at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Nisga'a frog dish at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of beaver at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest coast native large spoons at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Haida bent-corner bowl (late 19th -early 20th C) from Skidgate, Queen Victoria Islands, BC at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Nisga'a frog dish (c1880) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan ceremonial headdress in form of beaver (c1860) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest coast native large spoons (late 19th C) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Tlingit carved wood raven ladle from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Northern coast native spoon at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Tlingit rattle from Alaska at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Haida raven rattle at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Tlingit carved wood raven ladle (c1900) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Northern coast native spoon (c1850) at Eiteljorg Museum. Indianapolis, IN.Tlingit rattle (19th-early 20th C) from Alaska at Fowler Museum. Los Angeles, CA.Haida raven rattle (c1875) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Tlingit carved wood raven rattle from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Gitxsan soul catcher with jaws at both ends at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest coast native woman's hair ornament in form of bird at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan amulet in form of killer whale at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Tlingit carved wood raven rattle (late 1800s) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Gitxsan soul catcher with jaws at both ends at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest coast native woman's hair ornament in form of bird (c1900) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Gitxsan amulet in form of killer whale (1840-60) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Northwest coast native Shaman's Amulet carved in sperm whale ivory at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Heiltsuk chief's settee at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Haida house post in form of wolf at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast Indian Art at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Northwest coast native Shaman's Amulet carved in sperm whale ivory (mid 19th C) at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Heiltsuk chief's settee (c1908) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Haida house post in form of wolf (1870-80) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.Northwest Coast Indian Art at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Details of Northwest Coast Indian totem & Huxwhukw mask at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Haida & Tlingit woven basket containers at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Upper Skgait native American cedar-root food basket at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Makah basket & cover with birds & whales at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Details of Northwest Coast Indian totem & Huxwhukw mask at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Haida (left) & Tlingit woven basket containers (c1900) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Upper Skgait native American cedar-root food basket (late 19th or early 20th C) at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.Makah basket & cover with birds & whales (c1900) at National Museum of American Indian. New York, NY.
Aleut covered basket from Aleutian Islands at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Aleut woven basket with lid at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Makah Northwest Coast woven baskets with lid & bottle core at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Haida argillite pipe at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Aleut covered basket (1800s) from Aleutian Islands at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Aleut woven basket with lid (c1910) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Makah Northwest Coast woven baskets with lid & bottle core (c1860s) at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Haida argillite pipe (c1835-55) at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, WA.
Haida argillite pipe at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Haida argillite pipe at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Haida argillite carved plate with ivory disks at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Collection of Northwest Coast native boxes & dishes at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.
Haida argillite pipe at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Haida argillite pipe at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Haida argillite carved plate with ivory disks (c1880) at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Collection of Northwest Coast native boxes & dishes at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.
Collection of Northwest Coast native carved figures at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Northwest Coast native carved figures at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Row of wheeled vessels by Northwest Coast native artists at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Northwest Coast native vessels at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.
Collection of Northwest Coast native carved figures at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Northwest Coast native carved figures at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Row of wheeled vessels by Northwest Coast native artists at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Northwest Coast native vessels at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.
Northwest Coast native boxes at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Salish memorial sculpture at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Raven Discovering Mankind in a Clamshell by Bill Reid at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Killer whale statue by Bill Reid at Stanley Park Aquarium. Vancouver, BC.
Northwest Coast native boxes at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Salish memorial sculpture (early 20th C) at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Raven Discovering Mankind in a Clamshell (1970) by Bill Reid at Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Vancouver, BC.Killer whale statue (1984) by Bill Reid at Stanley Park Aquarium. Vancouver, BC.
Detail of Killer whale statue by Bill Reid at Stanley Park Aquarium. Vancouver, BC.Tlingit dagger with carved bear head handle at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Walrus ivory carving of raven with crouching figure & masks by Haida culture of Queen Charlotte islands , BC at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.
Detail of Killer whale statue by Bill Reid at Stanley Park Aquarium. Vancouver, BC.Tlingit dagger with carved bear head handle at Yale Peabody Museum. New Haven, CT.Walrus ivory carving of raven with crouching figure & masks (19th C) by Haida culture of Queen Charlotte islands (Haida Gwaii), BC at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.

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