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.
In addition to the web sources listed below, there's a great set of books published by the Smithsonian called the Handbook of North American Indians in the reference collection on the main floor. Volume 7 covers the Northwest Coast.
North American Indians: Indians of the Northwest Coast from Encyclopedia of Religion
American Indians of the Pacific Northwest - University of Washington Libraries' Digital Collection of images and documents
Cow Creeks of the Umpqua Tribe
Makah from Dictionary of American History
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.
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