Institute selects brothers to carve totem poles

The Associated PressAugust 27, 2013 

— Sealaska Heritage Institute has selected Alaska Native brothers to carve two totem poles for a building in Indian Village in Juneau.

Officials say Joe and T.J. Young are set to begin work on one of the poles this week. Work is scheduled to begin on the second pole next year.

Officials say the totems will replace original poles that have deteriorated and become safety issues.

The brothers also will create a replacement house screen — or the painted, decorated panel that sits between the two totem poles.

The work is being funded by grants.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is the nonprofit cultural and educational arm of Juneau-based Sealaska Corp., a regional Native corporation that donated the yellow cedar logs.

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