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Coast Salish wood and horn

Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


The Coast Salish made distinctive wooden and horn utensils similar to those used throughout the Northwest Coast culture area. However the Coast Salish were not as prolific or skilled woodworkers as were the more northern tribes; and the designs they carved on the utensils were stylistically less typical of the Northwest Coast. What was true of woodworking was also true of other cultural patterns such as religion and social organization: these were somewhat attenuated forms of the cultural patterns of the North west Coast tribes dwelling further north.