Artifacts

Argillite Figure
ITEM: 716
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Portrait-like figure of a woman and her child made from argillite stone. This woman is in European dress, possibly Haida herself, or perhaps a wife of a trader. Every detail in the dress of the woman is carved, from the pattern on her skirt to the bag she carries. If this sculpture is indeed a depiction of a European woman, then it illustrates the... read more

Arrow (shot at Brenchley)
ITEM: 114 F
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This arrow, broken in two, has a diamond shaped tip and a wooden shaft with leather whipping. A Journey to Great-Salt-Lake City (Volume One), written by Jules Remy, and Julius Brenchley, M.A. and published in 1861, documents travel around the United States. The book focuses on the religious Mormon movement but also documents interactions with Native American “Indian” tribes. In a... read more

Bandolier Bag
ITEM: 18_1933_232
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This ornately decorated Bandolier Bag has wide shoulder straps to be worn across the body, and a connecting bag. The bags are primarily made by women, but worn for ceremonial occasions by men, seen as an object of prestige. There is no particular purpose to the bag, other than for show as the bag could be an indicator for the... read more

Bentwood Box
ITEM: NMEMG 1923_3_3
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This Bentwood Box has been attributed to the Kwakwaka’wakw tribe due to the use of red cedar and the bold, less symmetrical design. Likely to be a model of a box made in three sections with a cover. The bentwood box was a principle piece of furniture for houses on the Northwest Coast and had a number of uses as... read more

Calumet Pipe Bowl
ITEM: 628
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This calumet pipe bowl would have been attached to a slender wooden stem that was sometimes very plain and simple, whilst others could be decorated with feathers, animal hair, quills, beads or carvings. The bowl itself is made of red pipestone, or catlinite. It is a fine-grained stone with a natural rich red colour that is easily shaped and comes... read more

Canoe Bowl
ITEM: NMEMG 1923_3_1
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This bowl carved from red cedar wood resembles the shape of the Northwest seagoing canoe, reflecting the importance of canoes to the Haida. The bowl illustrates the form of a canoe with flaring sides and finlike projections. The edges of the bowl, or the bow line, reflect the canoes design to cut into waves. The shape of the bowl with high ends and... read more