Haida Potlatch Spoon

The Haida are indigenous peoples from the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and the U.S. who made carved wood and painted kitchenware as part of a potlatch celebration, a gift-giving feast held mostly during winter months celebrating births, deaths, weddings and other major events. As their survival depended on fishing and whaling, the motifs used as symbols in their art were closely related to the fish and animals they hunted or depicted in their totem poles.

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  • SOLD Antique/Vintage Haida Ceremonial Spoon, Canadian Pacific Northwest (1104LCL)

    SOLD H: 8”  W: 10.35”  D: 2.124” | FREE International SHIPPING!

    Utilitarian kitchenware was an integral part of a communal feast called a potlatch, a traditional feast central to many cultures of indigenous peoples of the Canadian Pacific Northwest Coast including the Haida  who have existed for over 17,000 years.  This antique thin, large and elegant, and boldly decorated Haida spoon is well designed with motifs like the whale’s tail, the eye, and a feather that imparts great visual and symbolic strength.  The style and coloring of Northwest Coast Canadian art is so bold and unique, their pieces are readily recognized.

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