Totem Pole Raising

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Molly Heidemann, 4, gets a closeup view of the raven totem pole before it is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Elder David Katzeek explains the symbols on the raven totem pole before it is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The 26-pole was designed by Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan and lead carver Mick Beasley lead a team of local carvers on the project for the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Elder David Katzeek explains the symbols on the raven totem pole before it is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The 26-pole was designed by Nathan Jackson of Ketchikan and lead carver Mick Beasley lead a team of local carvers on the project for the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tlingit youth of the Eagle moiety and adults make a ceremonial carry the raven totem pole at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The 26-foot pole, paid for by by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Tlingit youth of the Eagle moiety and adults make a ceremonial carry the raven totem pole at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The 26-foot pole, paid for by by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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Juneau residents watch as a raven totem pole is lifted into place by Trucano Constructuion at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The 26-foot pole, paid for by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. Gastineau Elementary was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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A raven totem pole is raised at Gastineau Elementary School on Saturday, May 13, 2017, by the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation. The 26-foot pole honors the Gaanaxteidí clan of the T’aaḵu Kwáan. The school was built on top of a native cemetery in 1956.

by: Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

Description

School felt like the culmination of a decades-long process. At the same time, those on hand were excited for it to mark the beginning of a new era as well.

Sixty-one years after the City of Juneau paved over a Native burial ground to build a highway and the school, the Douglas Indian Association (DIA) and Goldbelt Heritage collaborated to raise a Raven healing totem pole that honored ancestors who had been buried there and the grief that followed.

As she introduced the ceremony, DIA Tribal Administrator Andrea Cadiente-Laiti was looking to the future.

“What’s happening today is going to be enormous,” Cadiente-Laiti said, “and it’s just the start.”

Read more here: http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-05-14/raven-totem-pole-serves-memorial-past-hope-future

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