Heritage in Cedar: Northwest Coast Indian Woodworking, Past and Present

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Heritage in Cedar: Northwest Coast Indian Woodworking, Past and Present

  • 1979 ----- color ----- 29 min ----- 16mm
  • Wood was the great medium of expression for Northwest Coast Indians and of all the woods they used, western red cedar was the greatest. Yet, because so much of the culture was entrusted to wood, a great deal has been lost to decay--but far from all. In the remote Queen Charlotte Islands of British Columbia totem poles and abandoned houses of Haida Indians are moldering silently back into the forest from which they came. Presents a close look at that past which will soon be lost and looks forward to the future when archaeological digs and museums can expand our knowledge of the Northwest Coast Indians. (Release of University of Washington Press)
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Art: Tribal, Pacific Northwest)