Alaska Native Collections – Sharing Knowledge


Mickey Calhoun, Jr. wears a traditional spruce-bark hat, Hydaburg, 2001

Photo © Roy Corral.

The contemporary artists of today are challenging and broadening the perception of Northwest Coast art.

– Delores Churchill


Haida History and Art

Delores Churchill

Two chiefly voices describe the artistic pride and historical suffering of the Haida people, whose homeland—called Haida Gwaii—includes the Queen Charlotte Islands (British Columbia, Canada) and the southern part of the Alexander Archipelago in southeastern Alaska. Chief Wiah, the hereditary chief of Massett village, wrote in the introduction to S. W. A. Gunn’s, Haida Totems in Wood and Argillite(1967): Continue Reading

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