Totem Pole Design

Totem Pole Design

Dreamcatchers Totem Pole Project design was created by Master Carver Jim Heaton to tell the story of the library through the use of traditional and contemporary design.
 
Design components include (from the bottom up):
A crouching female figure will represent the start of the Haines Borough Public Library by the Haines Women's Club and the organization's continuing involvement and support of the library.  The woman is presenting the Chilkat Valley with the Box of Knowledge (from the Tlingit song Now we open the Box of Knowledge).  The box will be constructed and bolted to the figure. It will be used as a time capsule with the entire community having the opportunity to contribute "letters to the future" to be enclosed in the box.  The base will have two rows of rope carving to show how the library helps to bind our community together.
 
Raven in profile on one side, Eagle in profile on the other side. These reprent the people of the valley with the human figure in between representing the patrons of the library.
 
Three Tinahs (one in the middle and one on each side) will represent the cultural wealth which the library protects.  The three Tinahs also signify the three incarnations (buildings) the library has had.
Carved Chilkat blanket representing the Chilkat Valley.
 
Dragonfly representing the Dragonfly Project, the first partnership project between the Chilkoot Indian Association, the Haines Borough Public Library with funding assistance by the Institute of Museum and Library services.  The Dragonfly also traditionally represents a seeker of knowledge.