northwest native american

Makah Dancer

A member of the Neah Bay Makah Nation dons an eagle headdress at Olympic National Park. On August 18th, 2017 a dedication and renaming ceremony was held officially renaming the Olympic Wilderness to the “Daniel J. Evans Wilderness”. The Makah performed a blessing and presented a thunderbird totem to the Olympic National Park Service to consecrate the cermony. The Makah are native to the Olympic Peninsula.

Northwest blanket gun

Manufactured for the North-Western fur trade beyond the Hudson Bay, sawn off and engraved by Tlingit natives c.late 18th century.
.69 caliber smoothbore barrel, flintlock single shot musket.

Northwest type guns were a specific model used to trade with American natives during the 18th and early 19th century, which were characterized by a brass serpent plate on the left side of the lock and an enlarged triggerguard to allow shooting with either thick gloves or two fingers.

A Northwest gun’s distinctive brass plate, signed Pritchett c.1829.

These were suited for war and hunting and were greatly appreciated by native tribes, who lacked the infrastructure to produce them but well understood their superiority to more ‘traditional’ weapons.

Two full-length Northwest guns.


Made it through my first public reading last night to promote my novel, Ghosts on the Highway. It was well attended and my nerves settled once I started reading. I’m used to performing in public but with a guitar and lots of noise and distortion, haha. The bookstore cat kind of stole the spotlight (and drank all my water)! Great night…thanks to everyone who came out!

Carvings and designs of the Haidah Indians

The Haidah Indians of the Queen Charlotte Islands

James G. Swan, gentleman of Port Townsend, Wash.
Washington: The Smithsonian Institution Press, 1874.

Haida crests, from tattoo designs.

The Mythology of All Races, vol. X. North American

Hartley Burr Alexander
Boston: Marshall Jones Co., 1915.