Northwest Coast Village Project

The Northwest Coast Village Project brings together sketches, drawings, paintings, and photographs that capture the history and the cultural expressions of Northwest Coast First Nations from the 18th century to today. The objective is to digitially reunite, and make accessible the visual heritage of Coastal communities that has been scattered across various libraries and archives in North America and Europe.


Although some of the photographs that comprise this research collection are now 150 years old, and drawings more than 200 years old, those dates pale in comparison with the archaeological evidence that extends the existence of some of these villages more than 10,000 years into the past. Archaeologists are still working on this question, current evidence suggests that the oldest communities anywhere in the New World are to be found along the Northwest Coast of the Pacific.