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Raven Paddle
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

Inscribed "KETCHIKAN" on the handle.Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a t...

Inscribed "KETCHIKAN" on the handle.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.

$2,400.00

Killer Whale Paddle
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, ki...

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.

$2,700.00

Thunderbird and Bear Model Pole
Tom Moses (Salish)

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on ...

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.Thunderbird is the illustrious ancestor and crest of many prominent lineages. Large enough to hunt whales, the Thunderbird is a powerful bein...

$350.00

Thunderbird Pole
Charlie James (Kwakwaka'wakw)

Thunderbird is the illustrious ancestor and crest of many prominent lineages. Large enough to hun...

Thunderbird is the illustrious ancestor and crest of many prominent lineages. Large enough to hunt whales, the Thunderbird is a powerful being in traditions throughout the Northwest Coast. It is often depicted with a sharply hooked beak and large ears or horns.

$2,500.00

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

Canoe Bowl
Artist Unknown (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$7,000.00

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

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

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

c. 1930s

c. 1930s

$8,500.00

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