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What Is Northwest Coast Art?

October 29, 2019
First Nations Map, Northwest coast, Native Art, Aboriginal, Indigenous, Northwest Coast, First Nations, Native American

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.

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