Spoons were the main utensil for eating. Plain wooden spoons were
for everyday use. During feasts and Potlatches elaborate sets of carved and abalone shell inlaid spoons were placed with bowls for guests to use and to be given away. There were many sizes and designs.
Eagle spoon, feather textured with abalone shell inlays
alder, abalone shell
Eagle spoon, used for feasting and other ceremonial rituals. Usually given away after the feast with the wooden bowls and other carved pieces. This one represents an eagle with abalone shell for the eyes, a sign of prestige.
Alder, abalone shell with wooden stand
Wolf spoon, with the copper inlay, symbol of wealth belong to the chief and his family, the 3 top circle pieces represent the amount of feast given by the chief, abalone shell another symbol for the royalty.
Alder, abalone shell, copper, and cedar stand
Eagle spoon,inlaid with abalone shell, a sign of wealth
Adler, abalone shell