Formline design is part of a living culture and integral to the lifeways of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian.
“It surrounds us, and it holds us up. Our Northwest Coast art is ingrained in the social fabric and oral histories of our clans.”
—Rico Lanáat ́ Worl, A Basic Guide to Northwest Coast Formline Art
In this project, we give students an introduction to formline design shapes and definitions, the importance of balance in the design form, and to ways an experienced Native artist would compose a formline design. We then provide them with tools to create their formline design. A key to this project is to see both the positive and negative aspects of a design and how each type influences and serves to shape the other.
SHI offers materials to teach Northwest Coast art, including an online textbook, flashcards, and curriculum boards.
To order a hard copy of the textbook, contact the Sealaska Heritage Store at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907.586.9114.
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