Historic

72 items

Lidded Spruce Root Basket
Agnes Williams (Haida)

c. mid-1900s This basket has been identified as the work of Agnes Williams of Massett, Haida Gwai...

c. mid-1900s This basket has been identified as the work of Agnes Williams of Massett, Haida Gwaii, by renowned Haida weaver Delores Churchill. Though unsigned, most Northwest Coast weavers have a notable 'signature' that identifies their creations. In the case of Agnes Williams, she often imbricated a coloured rim around the small handle on the lid of her baskets.

$900.00

Chilcotin Basket
Artist Unknown

$2,700.00

Lidded Spruce Root Basket
Agnes Williams (Haida)

c. mid-1900s This basket has been identified as the work of Agnes Williams of Massett, Haida Gwai...

c. mid-1900s This basket has been identified as the work of Agnes Williams of Massett, Haida Gwaii, by renowned Haida weaver Delores Churchill. Though unsigned, most Northwest Coast weavers have a notable 'signature' that identifies their creations. In the case of Agnes Williams, she often imbricated a coloured rim around the small handle on the lid of her baskets.

$900.00

Sea-Monster Canoe Bowl
Artist Unknown (Kwakwaka'wakw)

c. 1880To watch Kwakwaka'wakw community curators Barb Cranmer and William Wasden Jr. discuss the ...

c. 1880To watch Kwakwaka'wakw community curators Barb Cranmer and William Wasden Jr. discuss the significance of 'Namxxelagayu (Sea Monster) click here."A wide variety of animal imagery appear on dishes and bowls, and hosts of potlatches compiled large collections of dishware featuring crests of both family and clan" (Shearar 2000: 38) Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

$4,600.00

Historic Silver Eagle Bracelet
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...

$12,000.00

Hinged Box with Totem Corners
Arthur Shaughnessy (Kwakwaka'wakw)

c. 1930s

c. 1930s

$8,500.00

Historic Killer Whale Coin Bracelet
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

c. 1900On the Northwest Coast, the Killer Whale also referred to as blackfish, is an important cr...

c. 1900On the Northwest Coast, the Killer Whale also referred to as blackfish, is an important crest figure among local First Nations Groups and is one of the most commonly depicted forms. The very first Killer Whales came into being when carved in wood by a human, Raven, or a Master Carpenter and then magically infused with a life force. Killer Whales are known to capsize canoes and carry the occupants into the depths. In many of these stories, the kidnapped human is given great wealth. Kill...

$800.00

Historic Gold Bracelet, c. 1870s
Duncan Ginaawaan (Haida)

This historic gold bracelet has been attributed to Duncan Ginaawaan, a Kaigani Haida Chief, who a...

This historic gold bracelet has been attributed to Duncan Ginaawaan, a Kaigani Haida Chief, who anthropologists believe was one of Charles Edenshaw's first teachers. Ginaawaan was Isabella Edenshaw's great uncle, and his work was featured in the Vancouver Art Gallery's 2013-2014 exhibition, Charles Edenshaw.   

$12,500.00

Sculpin Argillite Platter
Artist Unknown (Haida)

Measurements do not include stand.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in h...

Measurements do not include stand.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$9,000.00

Eagle and Bear Family Totem
Artist Unknown (Haida)

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...

$7,000.00

Argillite Panel Pipe
Artist Unknown (Haida)

c. 1850The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflecti...

c. 1850The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflection of each piece. The Haida word for argillite is Kwawhlhal. Argillite is a type of rock that is transitional between slate and shale. Only found on the Islands of Haida Gwaii at the Slatechuck site, located near Skidegate Inlet. Slatechuck is a five-kilometer hike from the inlet and is owned and controlled by the Haida people “Chuck” is the Chinook Jargon word for water, “saltchuck” means salty w...

$28,000.00

Figural Group
Artist Unknown (Haida)

c. 1880sThis figural group is populated by various animals and beings from Haida cosmology. At on...

c. 1880sThis figural group is populated by various animals and beings from Haida cosmology. At one side facing forward, we see a figure that appears to be Dogfish Mother, recognized by the labret in her lower lip and the gills above her head. She also appears to have a dorsal fin that falls to her side. She holds fast to what could be the dorsal fin of a transforming being, such as a Killer Whale, which rests between her feet. Directly behind the primary figure is Raven with a Frog clutched i...

$30,000.00

Historic Multi-Figure Pipe
Artist Unknown (Haida)

The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflection of e...

The history and tradition of argillite carving can be seen through the individual reflection of each piece. The Haida word for argillite is Kwawhlhal. Argillite is a type of rock that is transitional between slate and shale. The quarry for Haida argillite is found on the Islands of Haida Gwaii at the Slatechuck site, located near Skidegate Inlet.Following contact with European traders, argillite carving evolved into a major trade activity. Depending upon the preference of the artist, argillit...

$9,000.00

Mountain Goat Horn Spoon
Artist Unknown (Tlingit)

c. 1890Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea vill...

c. 1890Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$1,800.00

Feast Spoon
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

This spoon is carved with a figure who holds a basket in one hand and a knife in the other. This ...

This spoon is carved with a figure who holds a basket in one hand and a knife in the other. This is unusual as most feast spoons are decorated with more common clan crests. It is rare to find a spoon with specific imagery like this. There are numerous styles of spoon-like objects used ceremonially on the Northwest Coast, the most common being made of goat horn, which are either entirely black or made with a combination of black horn for the handle and a lighter horn for the spoon.Along with f...

$3,200.00

Killer Whale Spoon
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

The bowl of this spoon is carved on both the front and the back. This is unusual. Most feast spoo...

The bowl of this spoon is carved on both the front and the back. This is unusual. Most feast spoons have carved handles but the bowl is left untouched.Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human...

$2,000.00

Canoe Bowl
Artist Unknown (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$9,000.00

Raven Halibut Hook
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adv...

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$3,800.00

Dance Whistle
Artist Unknown (Kwakwaka'wakw)

c. 1930This whistle is similar to those housed in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver....

c. 1930This whistle is similar to those housed in the Museum of Anthropology at UBC in Vancouver. For one example that is part of MOA's permanent collection click here.

$900.00