The distinctive art of the Northwest coastal tribes is usually associated with totem poles. Here, though, we have a British Columbian box. I won't attempt to identify the creature or its story. I'm just very fond of the style.
painted bentwood storage box shows the typical lashing and knotwork of twisted cedar bark cordage used to secure the contents during transport in freight canoes. Collected on Haida Gwaii before 1901 by Charles F.