Amazing Step-by-Step Carving of Eagle Totem Pole by Young Brothers

ICTMN Staff
8/27/13

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has announced that two brothers, Joe and TJ Young, will be carving totem poles and a screen for the Gajaa Hít building in Juneau’s Indian Village. The new works will replace poles carved in 1977 (for more on the project, read the news story at the SHI website). While the undertaking will demand artistry and commitment, SHI is in good hands with the talented Haida brothers, who carved an eagle totem pole for SHI in 2009 that was installed at the University of Alaska Southeast. These photos of Joe and TJ at work on that 2009 carving come from the Sealaska Heritage Institute Picasa gallery.

TJ Young examines the design
TJ begins removing wood
TJ Young
Joe (left) and TJ Young
Joe and TJ Young consult the model of the totem pole they're creating
TJ works on the eagle
TJ Young
TJ Young
TJ Young sweats the details
A third brother, Ben Young, lends a hand
TJ Young working the eagle end of the totem pole

 

TJ Young. It takes a steady hand...
Joe Young
The totem pole is nearly ready to be painted
Tools of the trade
TJ Young applying paint
Joe Young painting
Color by color, the totem's imagery takes shape
Joe Young painting
TJ Young painting

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SMART TALENTED YOUNG MEN AND VERY PRETTY ART WORK! GOD BLESS YOU BOTH AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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Yaahl uu st'igaalaan, hal st'i'awyaagaan. 'Waadluu xii hal tlaahlaayaan. Gut'ilaa k'iit k'uts hal ts'aslaangaan. 'Waaddluu sang kwaan hal neilaan gyaan hal 'lagaalaan Asgaayst hal xitgwaangaan taawk uu hal diyaangaan. 'Waadluu, chiin kwaan gandlaay aa hal taagaan. Hal sk'isdlaayaan gyaan xitgaay aa hal jagiyaayaan. 'Waadluu hingaan an saanjuudaayaan. Ahljiihl uu tl' higuujuu jahliis gam 'laa'anggang. Raven got sick, he was very sick. Then he made some medicine. He boiled different kinds of tree roots. Then he drank it for many days and got well. Then he flew around looking for food. Then he ate a lot of fish in a creek. He got full and couldn't fly. So, then, he just rested. That is why it doesn't pay to be too greedy.
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