Wooden Box: Made by Steaming and Bending (Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia)

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Wooden Box: Made by Steaming and Bending (Kwakiutl Indians of British Columbia)

  • 1962 ----- color ----- 33 min ----- 16mm
  • The Indians of the northwest Pacific Coast developed woodworking to a degree unequaled elsewhere among aboriginal people. One of the specialties of the Kwakiutl was the steaming and bending of a single wood slab to form the four sides of a box, using no nails, screws, or glue. The boxes, some of which were elaborately carved, inlaid, and painted, were used for gifts, drums, storage, and transport. Follows carefully every stage of making a Kwakiutl box.
  • Topics: (American Indian Studies, Archaeology, Art: Tribal, Pacific Northwest)