Themes such as boats and horses are represented in textiles, metalwork, and beadwork, as well as figurative sculpture in wood and stone, much of it dating from the early 20th century or earlier.

Another section is devoted to the diverse cultures of the South Pacific. Here the Melanesian island nations of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and New Caledonia are represented, and the Polynesian cultures of the Maori, Easter Island, and Hawaii. There are a few works in shell from Micronesia. The voyagers and their descendants who formed settlements in the South Pacific encountered a wide variety of environments, and their art reflects the resources available to them. Each group had its own deities and creation myths, culture heroes and tribal totems, and ways of using art to record them. Most of the works in this section are wood and date from the 20th century.

Northwest Coast, Canada, Queen Charlotte's Island

Carved and painted cedar inlaid with abalone shell

The indigenous peoples of North America come from many cultural groups and more than five hundred tribal nations.



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