Adornment main content.


Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


Men and women pierced the septum of the nose and the rim of the ear for the attachment of ornaments; women, in addition, pierced the lower lip in which they inserted a lip plug or labret. To make these personal ornaments, the Tlingit used stone, shell, teeth. bone, and silver. Copper and perhaps iron were known to the Northwest Coast Indians in pre-white times, the silver was usually from American silver dollars. Abalone shell and sharks’ teeth, which were greatly esteemed as materials for making ornaments, were obtained in trade from the Indians living to the south.