Historic

86 items

Thunderbird, Bear, and Human Model Pole
Charlie James (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. M...

Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon have always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.Thunderbird is the illustrious ancestor and crest of many prominent human lineages. Large enough to hunt whales, the Thunderbird is a power...

$12,000.00

Historic Talking Stick
Artist Unknown (Heiltsuk)

c. 1890Figures from top to bottom: Eagle, Killer Whale, Octopus in Human Form, Human, SisiutlThis...

c. 1890Figures from top to bottom: Eagle, Killer Whale, Octopus in Human Form, Human, SisiutlThis talking stick depicts an unusual character, an octopus in human form (third figure from the top). The octopus is associated with power and transformation and is often found on pieces that belonged to a shaman. The creature has a hooked beak, bulbous head, and holes along the arms and legs of the figure that are meant to be the octopus' suckers.

$40,000.00

Historic Wolf Frontlet
Artist Unknown (Haida)

c. 1870'Chief Joe Chilcat Indian Alaska Head Dress' inscribed on the inside of the piece. This pi...

c. 1870'Chief Joe Chilcat Indian Alaska Head Dress' inscribed on the inside of the piece. This piece is likely Haida in origin.

$45,000.00

Human and Bear Shaman Wand
Artist Unknown (Nuu-Chah-Nulth) (Nuu-chah-nulth)

c. 1880This piece has been attributed to the historic Nuu-Chah-Nulth master carver Chiletus. It w...

c. 1880This piece has been attributed to the historic Nuu-Chah-Nulth master carver Chiletus. It was included in one of Bill Holm's important exhibitions, "The Box of Daylight" at the Seattle Art Museum and is part of the exhibition catalogue book, on page 116. Chiletus created some of the very best masterpieces of Nuu-Chah-Nulth art and is considered their most important historic master carver. Artists today will study his work in order to learn and better understand the art form. Bill Holm m...

$50,000.00

Tlingit Basket
Artist Unknown (Tlingit)

$2,500.00

Salish Basket
Artist Unknown (Salish)

$800.00

Salish Basket
Artist Unknown (Salish)

$2,800.00

Tlingit Basket
Artist Unknown (Tlingit)

$6,000.00

Eagle Napkin Ring
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...

$3,500.00

Imbricated Basket
Artist Unknown (Salish)

$1,500.00

Burden Basket
Artist Unknown (Salish)

$500.00

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

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