From the Tlingit in Alaska to the Coast Salish in Southern British Columbia and Northern Washington; the Pacific Northwest is home to more than a dozen First Nations. It is an area of exceptional linguistic, cultural, and artistic diversity.
The brief discussion of Northwest Coast art below outlines some of the major cultural art styles. For simplification, a number of Indigenous cultures have been grouped under one heading, as the artistic work of these cultures exhibits many similarities.
Claus Karl is the founder of Cedar Hill Long House Art Publishing. Working in collaboration with Indigenous artists, Cedar Hill Long House publishes and sells limited edition silkscreen prints of Northwest coast Native art through their online gallery.
Claus also likes to blog about anything Native culture and art related. His mission is to inspire curiosity and enjoyment by connecting a global audience to the originality and diversity of Northwest coast Native art and culture.
Claus lives in Victoria, BC with his rescue Chihuahua “Charlie”. He is the proud father of two wonderful daughters who never miss an opportunity to challenge him in every way imaginable.
As someone who loves symmetry, but can’t draw two straight lines, he has a lot of respect and admiration for the Indigenous art of the Northwest coast.