Alaska Native Heritage Center commissions totem pole

Posted: Monday, January 07, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Native Heritage Center has commissioned a 30-foot totem pole by artist Nathan Jackson.

The pole is intended to tell the story of the Heritage Center.

Jackson's design depicts the role of the center in ''reopening the box of knowledge'' for Alaska's Native people. The base of the pole will feature children of the eagle and raven clans. The middle of the pole will feature a man, symbolizing the Heritage Center, opening a bentwood box. At the top will be a figure of an elder.

The completed totem pole is expected to be erected at the center in the fall.

The project is being funded by the Kreielsheimer Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Cape Fox Corporation and individual donors. The cost of the project was not disclosed.

Jackson will begin work on the pole this month in his studio in Saxman.

A Web cam is being installed so that progress on the pole can be monitored from the Heritage Center's Website.

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