Ethnology Collection

Gift basket
19th century
Pomo, California

Chilkat blanket
Late 19th century
Tlingit, Northwest Coast, Alaska
Gift of Mrs. W.A. Davies, 67.03.04

The Bruce Museum's ethnology collection focuses on objects of peoples from the Americas and reflects the sophistication and diversity of the various cultures represented.

The Native American collection is particulary strong in late nineteenth and early twentieth century southwest material, including navajo jewelry and Pueblo blackware, and Plains Indian beadwork. Blankets and baskets come from Plains, Southwest and Northwest Coast peoples.

A smaller collection of Inuit objects features baleen baskets, ivory and soapstone carvings.

The growing Pre-Columbian collection features utilitarian, ceremonial and burial objects from the peoples of Central and South America.

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