Chief Shakes tribal house, Wrangell Alaska. The four house posts are among the oldest in Alaska.
Tlingit totem pole and community house in Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan, Alaska.
Tlinglit totem pole at the Sitka National Heritage Park Full-size poles are carved from red cedar trees because: • It is easy to carve, • It doesn’t warp, • It grows tall and straight, • It is highly insect and disease resistant, and • It smells good! What animals do you think are represented in these totems?
David Boxley, Tsimshian totem pole carver, working on a pole, Metlakatla,Alaska. Lawrence Migdale Photography
The people of Metlakatla raise the totem pole in celebration of the Potlatch. Lawrence Migdale Photography
Northern-style dugout canoe with painted figures on prow and sternProbably from Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, late nineteenth century. Cedar Canoes • Some tribes hunted for food in the sea. • They built great seagoing canoes. • Some were more than 60 feet long. • They often carved elaborate pictures and painted designs on their canoes.
The only surviving Haida war canoe, 17 m (56 feet) in length with a beam of nearly 2 m (6 feet). Collected at Masset in 1908 by Reverend William Hogan and R. W. Brock.
Alfred Davidson of Masset, shown carving the canoe that was commissioned for the 1904 Seattle world's fair. Photograph by Edward Sapir, 1914.
A Bear crest from the prow of a Haida war canoe.Collected on Haida Gwaii in 1879 by Israel W. Powell. • This is an animal crest from the prow of a Haida war canoe. • Figures like this were added for ceremonial occasions and removed for battle.
A deep bentwood food dish. Collected at Skidegate in 1897 by Charles F. Newcombe. • The design on this bentwood box, originally painted in black and red, is that of a Whale with Nansimget hanging onto its head. • Large feast dishes like this one could hold an entire 50-pound roasted salmon.
A bentwood food dish with itscover of woven cedar bark.Collected in Skidigate circa 1900 by Charles F. Newcombe.
Burial chest and regalia of Chief Skowl, Kasaan, Alaska. Photograph by Albert P. Niblack, 1883
Transformation mask. Collected on Haida Gwaii (probably at Skidegate) in 1879 by Israel W. Powell.
Transformation mask, closed and open. Collected on Haida Gwaii (probably at Skidegate) in 1879 by Israel W. Powell.
Whale transformation mask. Collected on Haida Gwaii in 1879 by Israel W. Powell. Closed Half-open
Whale transformation mask. Collected on Haida Gwaii in 1879 by Israel W. Powell. • Masks were the most valued possessions of the people. • Although many thousands of the masks still exist, no two have been found to be exactly alike.
Native Mask - Raven by Stan C Hunt C2007 • The Raven is one of the most important beings in Northwest art. • He is known to be a Trickster and Transformer. • This mask is carved from red cedar and finished of with a cedar bark skirt.