Bentwood Boxes of the Northwest Coast peoples

Three Bentwood Boxes (Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan, Alaska): Bentwood box (Tlingit), 19th century, 15.69 x 15 x 19.75 inches (box), 16.94 x 16 x 4.19 inches (lid); Bentwood box (Haida), 19th century, 17.75 x 16.3 x 23.4 inches (box), Hydaburg, Alaska; Bentwood box (Haida), 19th century, 18.13 x 17.38 x 23. 65 inches (box), 19.88 x 17.88 x 4 inches (lid) Kasaan, Alaska

Terms to know:

  • bentwood box
  • Northwest Coast peoples (Haida, Tlingit, Tsimshian)
  • at.óowu

Additional resources:

Cite this page as: Teresa DeWitt, Totem Heritage Center Museum Attendant and Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, "Bentwood Boxes of the Northwest Coast peoples," in Smarthistory, December 9, 2021, accessed April 12, 2024,