Artists affiliated with southern tribes of the Northwest Coast of America are pushing the boundaries of previously accepted concepts of native art. The work of contemporary Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, and Makah artists are created in huge public installations of wood, cement, and metal. Glass has become an important medium of expression, and wood carvers and textile weavers are exploring traditional stories for inspiration and interpretation. Over 50 contemporary artists and 400 spectacular, color photographs showcase works in this new and beautiful reference. The chapters highlight new designs in canoes, paddles, weaving, baskets, and woven hats; and inspirations from the sky (birds, sun), earth (animals), and water (fish), as well as in jewelry and glass items of exquisite detail. Art lovers will enjoy these inspiring stories of success.
Karen and Ralph Norris have collected Northwest Cast art for the past 35 years. Karen is a retired educator and Ralph is a retired engineer who has studied photography as an avocation. They live in Grapevine, Washington.