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Jamestown S’Klallam
Carving Shed Field Trip
January 16th, 2018
In anticipation of the restoration and return of our historical totem pole, Priscilla Hudson organized a tour of the House Of Myths Carving Shed and the Tribal Campus along the Old Blyn Highway. This fascinating tour revealed that the totem poles are usually carved from a single old growth cedar ranging from 500-900 years old. The notch along the back minimizes the cracking and stress on the log. It usually takes from 6 weeks to 6 months to carve a totem, costing from $2500-$5000 per lineal foot, depending on the size and complexity of the design. Many fabulous examples of tribal art were also on display in the Tribal Library, Administration Building and Gift Shop.