Nuu-chah-nulth

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    • The Nuu-chah-nulth are referred to in the hall as the Nootka.

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Clothing

Clothing

Because of the mild, rainy climate of the Northwest Coast, heavy clothing was unnecessary.

Tools and Manufactures

Tools and Manufactures

The display of Nuu-chah-nulth implements emphasizes the importance of the cedar tree as a source of raw material and the sea as a source of food.

Ceremonial dance masks

Ceremonial dance masks

Nuu-chah-nulth masks carved from wood were worn as part of the costume when dancing in ceremonies.

Ceremonial Dance Costumes

Ceremonial Dance Costumes

In their ceremonial dances, the Nuu-chah-nulth wore and carried numerous trappings distinctive of the Northwest Coast.

Wooden boxes

Wooden boxes

Like their Kwakwaka’wakw neighbors, the Nuu-chah-nulth used wooden boxes for storage, cooking and serving, and as buckets.