By Hilary Stewart
From the strong cedar of the rainforest got here a wealth of uncooked fabrics important to the early Northwest Coast Indian lifestyle, its paintings and tradition. For millions of years those humans constructed the instruments and applied sciences to fell the large cedars that grew in great quantity. They used the rot-resistant wooden for swish dugout canoes to trip the coastal waters, huge post-and-beam homes within which to dwell, steam bent containers for garage, huge carved poles to claim their lineage and dramatic dance mask to awaken the spirit global. everything of the cedar had a use. The flexible internal bark the. Read more...
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Kwakiutl, no date. Courtesy Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, 13572 29 artists are taking on one or more apprentices. This helps speed the project on hand and gives valuable experience to the young carvers. The renowned artist and carver Bill Reid took a youthful Robert Davidson as his apprentice; a decade later Davidson instructed several apprentices when he carved four house posts and the facade of a Haida plank house built in Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, as a memorial to the great Haida master artist Charles Edenshaw.
Charles Moser described an Ahousat chief's house in the late nineteenth century: "The house of the chief was over one hundred feet in length by sixty in This keyhole comer post of a Haida house still supports one end of a barge board. Note the adzing on the post. Tanu, Queen Charlotte Islands. 73 hired the sense of wonder experienced by the writers. A visit to a house of the Westcoast people staggered the imagination of Capt. " Along the entire Pacific Northwest Coast, villages of sturdily built cedar houses hugged the water's edge wherever there was a beach, fresh water and an economic reason to be there.
5 m (64') Haida canoe now housed at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. 5 t (5 tons). 1 m (7') beam and 91 cm (3') deep. 7 t (3 tons). 1 m (20') or less. Used mostly in relatively sheltered waters, the canoe of the Coast Salish had a more gently sloping bow than its northern counterpart, and a rounded bottom. The Styles and Sizes The variation in styles and sizes of canoes used by coastal Indian peoples was a reflection of both use and maritime conditions. Nineteenth-century canoes developed from earlier styles now known mainly from small models in museums, early paintings and drawings, and the observations of eighteenth-century explorers.