Berkshire Museum exhibit focuses on indigenous Pacific Northwest heritage


PITTSFIELD >> A new exhibition, "Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast," opens Saturday at The Berkshire Museum, where it will be on view through Oct. 30.

A family-friendly opening is scheduled 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday for both "Finding Raven ..." and another exhibition opening this weekend, "Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies."

Ticket information for the reception is available by phone at 413-443-7171 ext. 313.

"Finding Raven ..." focuses on the rich heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, portrayed in dramatic stories and striking art objects. Tales set in the oceans, streams and forests of the Pacific Northwest are accompanied by totem poles, carved masks and other ceremonial and utilitarian objects reflecting the traditions and artistry of the Haida, Tsimshian, Kwak'waka'wakw, and Tlingit groups, among others.

The featured objects in the exhibition are from the collection of Joan and Paul Gluck.

Most of the objects in the exhibition date from the 19th- and 20th centuries and are represented by historically significant artists including Kwak'waka'wakw artists Willy Seaweed, Blackie Dick, and George Hunt, Jr. A number of the pieces are attributable to living artists who continue to incorporate traditional motifs and techniques into their work. Some of the well-known contemporary artists whose work is on view are Robert Davidson (Haida), one of the more prestigious award-winning carvers renown for monumental cedar totem poles; Don Lelooska, master carver and storyteller; Beau Dick, a Canadian artist of Kwak'waka'wakw descent, who creates masks and other objects in the traditional style but also works in a contemporary style; and acclaimed Canadian First Nation artist Susan Point (Coast Salish), who works in mixed media and is one of the first native artists to work in glass.

This exhibition is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A Smithsonian Affiliate, Berkshire Museum is at 39 South St. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Additional information is available online at or by phone at 413-443-7171.


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