Editor’s note: 360 North is under contract with Sealaska Heritage Institute to produce television and online video coverage of Celebration.

Coverage from Celebration 2018

Traditional Arts Apprentice & Youth Mentor Shane Brown works on the Yanyeidí totem pole at Harborview Elementary School on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Yanyeidí healing totem shares indigenous knowledge

The totem pole was created for Goldbelt Heritage Foundation and Douglas Indian Association, as part of a healing process for the T’aaḵú Ḵwáan Tlingit tribe. The pole memorializes the deliberate burning of Akáx Yaa Andagán, the Douglas Indian village, in 1962 and honors the residents who lost their homes.

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