Photo: Honoring traditions in art and family

Leaders of Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) and the Juneau Community Foundation talk with Ed Kunz, Jr., right, and his daughter, Micalyne Kunz McGhee, second from right, during an annoucement of a partnership between SHI and THRHA to replace two totem poles and refurnish a screen at the Gajaa Hit building on Thursday.

Leaders of Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI), Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) and the Juneau Community Foundation talk with Ed Kunz, Jr., right, and his daughter, Micalyne Kunz McGhee, second from right, during an annoucement of a partnership between SHI and THRHA to replace two totem poles and refurnish a screen at the Gajaa Hit building on Thursday. The Juneau Community Foundation, represented by board member Mandy Mallott, third from right, presented a $2000 check to help in the planning of the project. From the left are Lee Kadinger, COO for SHI, Rico Worl, Art Director for SHI and Ricardo Worl, CEO of THRHA. The 26-foot poles were carved and painted by Tommy Jimmie, Sr., Edward Kunz, Sr., Edward Kunz, Jr., and William Smith in 1977 to honor the Raven and Eagle Clans of the Auk Tribe. The Raven pole is a copy of a totem from Wrangell carved by William Ukas in 1896. The screen was designed by Tommy Jimmie, Sr., and painted by Ed Kunz, Sr., and Ed Kunz, Jr. Ed Kunz, Jr. will serve as the master carver of the new Raven totem. The groups will also identify apprentices who can work on the project. Sealaska will donate the logs.

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