Seal club. Note that on one end is a representation of a seal's head, and on the other, a representation of a human head. Many utilitarian objects made by the people who lived at Ozette demonstrate a developed technology together with an extraordinary esthetic sense.
Although the Ozette people did not develop pottery, wooden boxes were used for every purpose pots could be used for, including cooking. They also were used for storage and carrying, and are often a vehicle for beautiful decoration. Ranging in size from 8 to 10 cms. Across to very large storage chests, the box sides were made from a single plank of cedar. A thin board was first grooved in three places and then steamed. When it was flexible, the boa
Carved anthropomorphic bowl. This kind of bowl probably was used for oil. Oil bowls are common on the Northwest coast, but most are not as elaborate as this. Carved in the form of a human being with a braid of human hair, this was almost certainly used for ceremonial purposes.
Woodworking tool with a beaver incisor blade at the end. Once more the care and attention expended on utilitarian objects is shown in the carefully carved head of a man wearing a hat, on the handle of the tool.
Coiled basket made of spruce root. This method of manufacture is uncharacteristic of Ozette baskets, and this specimen may have been made by a slave from a neighboring group, or a trade item or potlatch gift.
Flat basket made from cedar bark. Note the two kinds of checkerboard pattern. Dozens of baskets were found in one Ozette house. One, apparently a weaver's kit, contained awls, a spindle whorl, combs, blades, and a lump of red pigment.
Replicated loom in the Makah Cultural and Research Center. Although weaving had not been known to occur among the Ozette, several looms were found in the excavations. Dog hair from specially bred dogs was used in the textiles, along with plant fibers.
Replicated Ozette house constructed according to details from planks, foundation posts, and other building materials and tools found at Ozette. The house was later moved inside the Makah Cultural and Research Center, where it is now located.
Whale bones were lined up outside one of the Ozette house for several reasons, including lining a drainage trench, stabilizing the slope between houses, and in one case, probably for ceremonial reasons. These are from the display in the Makah Cultural and Research Center.
Whale fin effigy, carved of cedar and inset with 700 sea otter teeth, mostly molars. Along the edge, canine teeth were used to give a jagged appearance to the sculpture. At the bottom is the representation of a mythological bird. The function of this piece is unknown, but it is likely that it was associated with whaling rituals.
Figurine made of antler. This small hollow figure is carved in a style which persisted for centuries along the Northwest Coast. The object is from an early historical level at Ozette and is a powder measure for an early flintlock rifle.