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The museum’s collection of native North American art is relatively small, and most of the finest objects in this group come from the Northwest Coast. Unique design elements and patterns, especially in carvings by the Tlingit and Wasco/Wishram peoples, exemplify a fine sense of workmanship and design.

Wishram or Wasco peoples, Washington/Oregon
Adze
Early 19th century
Elk antler, rawhide, steel, brass
L. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.38

Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) peoples, British Columbia
Rattle in the Form of a Bird
ca. 1875
Wood
L. 19 1/8 in. (48.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.40

Maria Montoya Martinez
(San Ildefonso Pueblo [Tewa], 1887–1980)
and Julian Martinez
(San Ildefonso Pueblo [Tewa], 1979–1943)
Jar
ca. 1923
Clay
H. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Gottfried, 83.35.1

Maria Montoya Martinez
(San Ildefonso Pueblo [Tewa], 1887–1980)
and Popovi Da
(San Ildefonso Pueblo [Tewa], 1922–1971)
Tray
March 1966
Clay
Diam. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm)
Gift of Helen L. Enslow in honor of the Enslow Grandaughters, Sarah, Rachel, and Ruth, 2011.275

Rose Kimewon Williams
(Canadian [Odawa], 1926–2002)
Lidded Birchbark Box
Late 20th/early 21st century
Birch bark, quills, sweet grass, thread
Diam.: 8 5/16 in (21.1 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Elinor Ostrom, 2012.54