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The University received fourteen small totem poles from the Kenneth McGill Family Collection. Carved between 1890 and 1950 for commercial trade, these poles represent Northwest First Nations Material Culture. They were collected by Edith and Dr. Charles McGill and son Kenneth McGill over the last sixty years. This collection of totem poles encompasses several different tribes from the Pacific Northwest, namely the Tlingit people, the skillful traders, hunters, and gatherers who inhabit the southeastern coast of Alaska.
For more information, see Totem Poles at Collins Library.
About Northwest Coast Tribes
Examples of Northwest Coast Art Books
Understanding Northwest Coast Art by
Call Number: E78.N78 S446 2000
Publication Date: 2003-12-01
"Understanding Northwest Coast Art introduces the reader to the artworks produced by the Native cultures of the Northwest Coast, featuring a dictionary-style reference guide to the symbols, crests and beings depicted in works of art; brief descriptions of design conventions, design elements and the different art styles of Northwest Coast cultural groups; an explanation of the interconnections between art, myth and ceremony in the life of the culture; and 65 reproductions of contemporary artworks, archival photos and design elements to aid identification of subjects and themes."
Learning by Designing by
Call Number: E78.N78 G54 v.1
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
This reference and instructional manual contains a detailed thoroughly analyzed, well-supported comparisons of the four Pacific Northwest First Nations art styles. There are 800 clear, detailed illustrations accompanied by straightforward copy.
See also the essay Native North American Art in the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art.
Tip: Books beginning with the call letter E are located on the second floor.
Learning by Designing by
Call Number: E78.N78 G54 v.2
Publication Date: 2002-11-01
This companion manual to Volume 1 puts First Nations art into deeper cultural context, providing Native Indian philosophy, knowledge and skills foundation, code of ethics, and interviews with a contemporary First Nations family, as well as some aspects of historical context and a description of the Potlatch.
Totem Poles by
Call Number: E98.T65 H3
Publication Date: 1981
The massive wood carvings unique to the Indian peoples of the Northwest Coast arouse a sense of wonder in all who see them. This guide helps the reader to understand and enjoy the form and meaning of totem poles and other sculptures. The author describes the origin and place of totem poles in Indian culture -- as ancestral emblems, as expressions of wealth and power, as ceremonial objects, as mythological symbols,and as magnificent artistic works of the people of the Pacific Northwest.
Call Number: E78.N78 S762 1984
Publication Date: 1984-01-01
Chiefly Feasts by
Call Number: E99.K9 C45 1991
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
Art of the Northwest Coast by
Call Number: E78.N78 J57 2006
Publication Date: 2006
"Art of the Northwest Coast is a comprehensive survey of the Native arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast, spanning the region from Puget Sound to Alaska, and proceeding from prehistoric times to the present. Incorporating the region's social history with the observations of anthropologists, historians of art, and Native peoples, this rich, vibrant book reveals how a complex web of factors informed these groups' varied responses to the changes and challenges brought about by contact with Europeans."--BOOK JACKET.
Examples of Mythology Books
In addition to the sources below, there's an essay about ravens in the Oxford Companion to World Mythology.
Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence by
Call Number: E98.R3 P493 2011
Publication Date: 2011
. In this interdisciplinary volume, Colleen E. Boyd and Coll Thrush bring together scholars from a variety of fields to discuss this North American fascination with "the phantom Native American." Phantom Past, Indigenous Presence explores the importance of ancestral spirits and historic places in Indigenous and settler communities as they relate to territory and history-in particular cultural, political, social, historical, and environmental contexts. From examinations of how individuals reacted to historical cases of "hauntings," to how Native phantoms have functioned in the literature of North Americans, to interdisciplinary studies of how such beliefs and narratives allowed European settlers and Indigenous people to make sense of the legacies of colonialism and conquest, these essays show how the past and the present are intertwined through these stories.
Salish Myths and Legends by
Call Number: E99.S21 S35 2008
Publication Date: 2008
The rich storytelling traditions of Salish-speaking peoples in the Pacific Northwest of North America are showcased in this anthology of story, legend, song, and oratory.
Native American Storytelling by
Call Number: E98.F6 N386 2004
Publication Date: 2004
A collection of Native American myths and legends. Selected for their excellence as stories, and because they illustrate the distinctive nature of Native American storytelling.
Call Number: E99.N77 M33 1993
Publication Date: 1993
Raven, the Native American trickster, feels sorry for those who must live in darkness, and he decides to help. He flies over mountains, valleys, and lakes and discovers that light is being kept hidden inside the house of the Sky Chief. Using his cleverness, Raven finds a way to bring light to the world. The physical environment, oral literature, and traditional life of the Pacific Coast Indians come alive in this amusing and well-conceived picture book.--School Library Journal
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