Sihouette: "Pacific Northwest Indians"


U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

This is one of five zinc silhouettes created in the summer of 1939 specifically for the Indian Affairs alcove in the original exhibitions of the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum. The silhouette was constructed from plate glass, chrome plating, molding, and zinc at an average cost of $35.31 per foot. The scene from left to right depicts: two youth on an embankment, one holding a fishing net and the other spearing a fish; two fish jumping out of the water; a shallow-bottomed boat, with one man in the boat attempting to spear fish from the bow and one man navigating; a man pushing the boat off from the opposite shore; a woman standing and gazing offshore; a group of trees; four lodge-like structures with accompanying totem or story poles; a large tree.This silhouette was originally displayed in a high, recessed backlit niche near the ceiling.

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  • Title: Sihouette: "Pacific Northwest Indians"
  • Date Created: 1939
  • Physical Dimensions: H 22.25, W 113.5, D 2 inches
  • Provenance: INTR 02646
  • Subject Keywords: North America, Pacific Northwest, American Indian, Native American, boat, story pole, totem, house post, lodge, fish, fishing, Bureau of Indian Affairs, tree, spear
  • Type: Silhouette
  • Rights: U.S. Department of the Interior Museum
  • Medium: zinc, steel, wood