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Totem pole marks end of Sitka park's centennial year

SITKA, ALASKA
The pole was supposed to go up in early April, but the near-shutdown of the federal government that weekend postponed it until this month. As it turned out, organizers called the delay a blessing in disguise, comparing the snow from April to yesterday’s blue skies and warm temperatures. The pole, designed by Sitka carver Tommy Joseph, now stands looking out at the water next to the park’s visitors center. KCAW’s Ed Ronco attended Sunday’s festivities and sent back this audio postcard. It begins with Kenny Grant explaining the name of the pole.

The park is built around the site of a Kiks.adi fort site. A separate ceremony on Sunday included the installation of a plaque commemorating the Kiksadi Survival March across Baranof Island after the fort was lost to the Russians in 1804.

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