Mask, ca. 1845

Heiltsuk (Bella Bella)
Central coast, British Columbia
Wood, pigment
H: 13 in, W: 12 1/2 in
Gift of Mr. Edward S. Moseley, 1979

Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast

On view April 5, 2014 to December 31, 2017

Located in the: First Floor Galleries

Explore the living relationships among humans, animals, ancestors and supernatural beings through works of Native art from the Pacific Northwest Coast created during the past 200 years. Ceremonial regalia, trade goods and art sold in galleries today reveal creative expressions of family, heritage, politics and commerce in a changing world. Raven's Many Gifts presents artworks that convey broadly shared aesthetic and cultural traditions while emphasizing the distinctiveness of various indigenous communities and their artists. The themes - Living Stories, Family Connections and Market Innovations - feature objects from PEM's renowned collection of Native American art from the Northwest Coast. The Raven in the installation's title is the Northwest Coast culture hero who brought light to the world.

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