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Booklist for Educators: Native Americans of the Northwest Coast



From the Land of the Totem Poles: The Northwest Coast Indian Art Collection at the American Museum of Natural History
By Aldona Jonaitis, Photographs by Stephen S. Meyers
The story of the development of the collection of Northwest Coast Indian art at the American Museum of Natural History, with color and archival photographs.
University of Washington Press and the American Museum of Natural History, Seattle, 1988

Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
By Hilary Stewart
An illustrated introduction to the design elements of Northwest Coast art. Includes interpretations of the myths and legends that shape the design motifs, and a discussion of differences in styles between the major cultural groups.
University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1979

Looking at Totem Poles of the Northwest Coast
By Hilary Stewart, with forward by Norman Tait.
A guide to 110 totem poles in British Columbia and Alaska. Includes a general introduction, drawings of the poles, and a short discussion of the history and iconography of each pole.
University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1993

Mythic Beings: Spirit Art of the Northwest Coast
By Gary Wyatt
A selection of 75 works in different media depicting mythic beings, by 34 First Nations artists. Provides insights into the cosmology of the Northwest Coast. The artists describe each work's meaning and cultural significance in their own words.
Douglas & McIntyre and University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1999

Our Chiefs and Elders: Words and Photographs of Native Leaders
By David Neel
Kwakiutl photographer David Neel places black-and-white portraits of Northwest Coast chiefs and elders next to interviews in which they discuss the present and reminisce about the past.
University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, 1992

Totem Pole Carving: Bringing a Log to Life
Vickie Jensen
Documentation of the process for creating a 42-foot-high ceremonial totem pole, which was carved by artist Norman Tait for a doorway at the Native Education Centre in Vancouver.
Douglas & McIntyre, Seattle, 1997

Totem Poles: An Illustrated Guide
By Marjorie Halpin
The significance of totem poles as both important cultural symbols and as art. A guide to interpreting the carved motifs and distinguishing the features that indicate the carver's skill and his or her tribal origin.
University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1983