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Blanket pin

Photo: Susan Cole

Blanket pin


Michael Pavel (CHiXapkaid)

Skokomish, born 1959

Blanket pins are used to fasten the sides of wool and cedar bark robes when worn. Ancient versions of such pins have been found in archaeological sites. According to the artist, this pin carries an important message about honoring the gifts of the earth, lest they be revoked.
Deer bone
Length: 9 1/2 in. (24.1cm)
Gift of Gayle and Charles Pancerzewski, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, S'abadeb - The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, October 24, 2008 - January 11, 2009; Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC, November, 2009 - March, 2010

Published ReferencesBrotherton, Barbara, Native Art of the Northwest Coast, A Community of Collectors, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museu, 2008, p. 149, illus. 127

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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