Featured Photo: Reef Net Captain Totem Pole Dedicated on San Juan Island

Featured Photo: Reef Net Captain Totem Pole Dedicated on San Juan Island

By: 
ICTMN Staff
9/9/16

 

On August 25 representatives of the Lummi Nation and Saanich First Nation dedicated a Reef Net Captain Totem Pole and two Salmon Story Boards at Pe’pi’ow’elh, also known as English Camp, part of San Juan Island National Historic Park.

The pole was carved by Temosen Charles Elliot, Tsartlip; the story boards were carved by Jewell Praying Wolf James, Lummi. It is the first significant installment of public indigenous art on the island since May 2004, when Coast Salish house posts carved by Musqueam artist Susan Point were installed in a waterfront park in Friday Harbor.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Elexis Fredy, superintendent of San Juan Island National Historical Park. “This is going to be a watershed moment. A lot of relationships are waiting to be made.”

Read more about how the installments came about, and the history below:

RELATED: ‘Watershed Moment’: Pole, Story Boards Installed on Ancestral Village Site

This image was featured in this week’s Indian Country Today Media Network newsletter

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