Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry
The Art, the Artists, the History
- PUBLISHED: March 2019
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art History / Native American and Indigenous Art, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 192 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 100 color illus., 1 map
- ISBN: 9780295745893
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
Indigenous hand-engraved jewelry from the Pacific Northwest Coastis among the most distinctive, innovative, and highly sought-after art being produced in North America today. But these artworks are more than just stunning—every bracelet, ring, and pendant is also the product of a fascinating backstory, a specialized set of techniques, and a talented artist.
With a clearly written text, a foreword by award-winning First Nations artist Corrine Hunt, and more than one hundred striking color photographs and sidebars, Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry illuminates the exquisite craft and the context in which it is practiced. Providing a step-by-step overview of various techniques, the book also introduces the specifics of formline design, highlights the traits of the most common animal symbols, offers tips for identification, and features biographies and works from over fifty of the coast’s best-known jewelers. Finally, it delves into the history of the art form, from the earliest horn and copper cuff bracelets to cutting-edge contemporary works and everything in between.
Authors & Contributors
Alexander Dawkins is a co-owner of Lattimer Gallery, which specializes incontemporary Northwest Coast art and promotes the work of emerging artists. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History with a focus on Indigenous art; a master’s degree in Art History; and a master’s degree in Library and Archival Science. He works and lives in Vancouver, BC. Corrine Hunt (Gwa'wina) has been designing jewelry since 1985. In 2010, she codesigned the medals for the Olympic Winter Games. In 2011, she won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for her artistic contributions and for serving as a role model to Indigenous youth. A member of the Raven Gwa’wina clan from Ts’akis, Vancouver Island, she now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.