WSIU InFocus Segment Archives
WSIU's Jak Tichenor continues our exploration of Depression-era art in the second segment featuring a 13-foot tall Totem Pole depicting the sun and the mythical Tlingit Native American creature Raven. Donated to the SIU Museum in 1972, this beautiful piece is likely the result of a Civilian Conservation Corps program that provided Native craftsmen in the Alaska territories with an opportunity to create a market for these massive carvings. Tichenor talks with SIU graduate student David Gugerty about the Totem Pole's creation, travels, and cultural relevance.
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