Wolf totem pole raising

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Description

John Morris remembers the day the city of Douglas came to burn down the Douglas Indian Village.

On Wednesday morning, he was among more than 500 people who gathered at Savikko Park to ensure that everyone in Juneau remembers that day, too.

To cheers, dancing and song, Morris and Yanyeidí culture bearer Ben Coronell inserted the first two bolts erecting a new totem pole at the park. The totem pole, billed as an icon of remembrance and healing, stands on the site of the traditional Douglas Indian Village, which was destroyed in 1962 by a white government that wanted the land for a new boat harbor.

Read more online at juneaeumpire.com.

All photos by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

 

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