Totem Pole Raising
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.”