Panels are among contemporary media for Northwest Coast art. The painted house fronts as well as power boards could be seen as early examples of a carved and painted flat surface.
Boxes are heavily symbolic among Northwest Coast cultures as they hold the treasures associated with the hereditary wealth of chiefly families. Usually made by kerfing and bending one plank of cedar into the four sides, boxes are often elaborately painted and/or carved, sometimes depicting crest figures associated with a given family. Although traditionally they are mainly used for storage, in the past they were also used for steaming food by filling the box with water and adding stones heated in a fire.
Feast Dishes are used ceremonially during potlatches. Invited guests are fed from the feast dishes which can be many feet long and elaborately carved in a variety of animal forms.
Talking sticks - sometimes referred to as speaker's staffs - are a Northwest Coast symbol of power and authority. On important ceremonial occasions, it is customary for a chief to employ the services of a speaker, who then relays the sentiments of the host family to the gathered guests.