Pacific Northwest Coast Native Carvings and Sculptures are mainly made in wood, argillite, silver, gold, bronze, stone, ivory, and glass. Most of the following carvings and sculptures are inspired by Haida and Kwakiutl or Kwakwaka'wakw traditions.
Carvings today often depict a West Coast Native story, mythical spirits, animals, family crests, totem poles or replicas thereof, bentwood boxes, talking sticks, rattles, tools, panels, paddles, canoes, and other carvings as well as contemporary interpretations. There have been many monumental sculptures created in bronze and cedar by Northwest Coast artists, which have been installed all around the world.
Totem Poles often display a family's origins, supernatural experiences, achievements, wealth, status, exploits, acquisitions, and territories. There are seven principal types of totem poles: memorial poles, erected when a house changes hands to commemorate the past owner and to identify the present one, house posts, which support the roof, portal poles, which have a hole through which a person enters the house, welcoming poles, often placed at the edge of a territory or a body of water to identify the owner, mortuary poles, grave markers, and ridicule or shaming poles, on which an important individual who had failed in some way had his likeness carved and depicted in a belittling way.