American Indians of the Pacific Northwest

Native Americans in ceremonial dress
Chilkat dancers pose in ceremonial dress with wood carvings, Alaska, 1895.
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This digital collection integrates over 2,300 photographs and 7,700 pages of text relating to the American Indians in two cultural areas of the Pacific Northwest, the Northwest Coast and Plateau. These resources illustrate many aspects of life and work, including housing, clothing, crafts, transportation, education, and employment. The materials are drawn from the extensive collections of the University of Washington Libraries, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (formerly the Cheney Cowles Museum/Eastern Washington State Historical Society), and the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle.

1998 LC/Ameritech Competition Awardee Institution: University of Washington

Gallery (external link)

Maps of tribal regions.

Essays (external link)

The tribes and their cultures.