Census commissions totem pole in Sitka

Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SITKA - The Census Bureau paid $15,000 to commission a totem pole to represent the unique relationship between the Census Bureau and Alaska Natives.

The 8-foot tall cedar pole was completed by Sitka carver Tommy Joseph and had its first public showing last week at a ceremony where it was blessed by St. Michael's Cathedral priest Father Elia Larson.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported the pole is now on a statewide tour starting in Anchorage at the annual Fur Rondy.

Assistant regional Census manager Jan McStay from Seattle said the pole showing an eagle and a man "tells the story of separate peoples as one."

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