Art patrons around the world admire and study traditional Native
American art of the Northwest Coast Indians. Its inherent power,
sophistication, and integrity captivate a wide audience. The art form
developed its power and sophistication over many thousands of years in the
This remarkable art, guided by a rich mythology, takes us to a shadowy realm. In this
realm the distinctions between humans and animals, natural and supernatural are obscured.
Beings such as the creator-trickster raven could transform themselves back and forth from
animal to human form. The art expresses dynamic imagery in a style as rhythmic and flowing
as it is complex. No wonder it was so appealing to 20th-century European
Cubists and Surrealists!
Historically, family crests and images of mythical creatures of legend
embellished Northwest Coast Indian household items and ceremonial
possessions. These renderings often declared the owners lineage, wealth
and status. The re-emergence of these old themes in contemporary art shows
that the cultural tradition continues to flourish. Today, Pacific
Northwest Coast art is finding a growing, enthusiastic, and appreciative audience
around the world.