KRBD spoke with seven Southeast carvers working on Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Totem Pole Trail project.
One theme of the opening of Sealaska Heritage Institute’s new arts campus was unity among Lingít, Haida and Tsimshian people.
The pole, representing the Lingít, Haida and Tsimshian cultures, will be dedicated June 8.
The totem pole will be installed later and unveiled when the Arts Campus opens. Young said it will probably be in June.
Most totem poles are carved on one side, but this one is carved on both. They’re calling it a 3-D totem pole, and it’s a lot more work.
Three young Alaska Native artists, including one from Ketchikan and one from Hydaburg, have been chosen to carve cedar house posts that will be cast in bronze and displayed in front of the Walter Soboleff Building in Juneau.
Haida carving brothers Joe and T.J. Young began carving the totem poles with axes and chainsaws last year. Friday, they were working with small hand tools.