The Coast Salish area, most of western Washington and lower Columbia, has many of the pictographs because it has many sheltered areas. It also has petroglyphs. The paintings are more recent. They have many carved mytholigical creatures like sea monsters. They also have outlined and non-outlined heads.

The Tlingit territory, the southeastern part of Alaska, has lots of rock art that can go unnoticed because of the glaciers and deep forrests.

The Tsimshian territory, which is part of British Columbia, has most of its art on the banks of the Skeena and Nass rivers.

The Bella Coola Native American territory has both outlined and non-outlined faces and anthropomorphs with big eyes and no nose. Most of the drawings are near river mouths, and tend to errode easier.

The Kwakiutl territory is the northwest third of Vancouver Island and the land near the coast. Here they have more realistic looking figures. They also have the stylized petroglyphs.

The Nootka, the southeastern part of Vancouver Island,has both paintings and carvings. There are some horses and other post-contact images and they are in the more realistic style. Here is where we find the pictograph of the woman ruler turned to stone by a coyote. (see figure 6 under rock art)