The material culture of the Northwest Coast regions of North America is well represented in the Hood Museum of Art by over four hundred historic objects and about thirty-five archaeological artifacts. The historic collection features fine examples of Northwest Coast baskets, ceremonial hats, storage boxes, fishing, hunting, and utilitarian implements, and potlatch items, including chilkat and button blankets.
The Northwest Coast collections were significantly defined by gifts totaling about two hundred objects (many of Tlingit origin) given to the museum by Doris Meltzer, the Meltzer Gallery in New York, and Axel Rasmussen. Rasmussen collected many of these objects in Klukwan, Alaska, in the 1930s and 1940s. Prior to being presented to Dartmouth College in 1959, some of these objects were in the collections of Earl Stendahl and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon.
Last Updated: 11/30/07