The Poles

Date: 2009
Carver: Jim Heaton

This panel signifies why people live in this area. The Tinaa represents the cultural and physical wealth of the community. The Eagle and Raven represent family - the two moieties of Native society... Read More...

Order: 1
Date: 2009
Carver: Jim Heaton and six others

Apprentices: Joe King, Jeffery Klanott, Daniel Klanott, Zach James, Cody Hotch, and Cory Grant

The rope on the base shows how the library binds our community together.

The crouching... Read More...

Order: 2
Date: 1980
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.: Tresham Gregg

10 foot tall Diving Raven pole. At the top is the diving raven, below it is a bear holding a little frog on his lap, and at the bottom, partially hidden by shrubs, is a wolf. Bill Sparks... Read More...

Order: 3
Date: 1967
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.: Leo Jacobs and Edwin Kasko

These are some of the older poles in Haines. Each 12 foot pole represents one of the area moieties - Raven and Eagle. These poles have been painted five or six times over the years. The black is... Read More...

Order: 4
Date: 1976
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.: Clifford Thomas, John Hagen, Sr., David Svenson, Jenny Lynn, Cliff Thomas, Edwin Kasko, Lee Heinmiller, Carl Heinmiller, Wayne Price and Greg Horner

This 40' yellow cedar pole was paid for by the Larsons, author of the book "Proud Chilkat," to celebrate the start of the Indian Education Program in the Haines School. Originally in front of the... Read More...

Order: 5
Date: 1981
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.: Charles Jimmie, Sr. and Chauncy Jacobs

On display is a Killer Whale perched on top of a pyramidal stone base. When the City of Haines created their corporate seal, Carol Flegel's design won the competition. The seal is a killer whale... Read More...

Order: 6
Date: 2012
Carver: Jim Heaton

This is one of two yellow cedar flat poles at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. These poles depict interactions between humans and wildlife in the Chilkat Valley. Throughout the poles are... Read More...

Order: 7A
Date: 2012
Carver: Jim Heaton

This is one of two yellow cedar flat poles at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. These poles depict interactions between humans and wildlife in the Chilkat Valley. Throughout the poles are... Read More...

Order: 7B
Date: 1967 or 1968
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.: Leo Jacobs, Sr., Carl Heinmiller, Edwin Kasko, Tom Jimmie, Sr., Wes Willard

A 12 foot pole representing the legend of Jonico and  the Kooshtakaa that starred in a Disneyesque movie created by Chuck Keen in Juneau. Tony Williams was the young star, Jonico.Jimmy Kane from... Read More...

Order: 8
Date: 1979/1980
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.: Clifford Thomas, Greg Horner, John Hagen, Sr.

A 37 foot Raven Pole titled "Raven, Guardian of the Clans." This was the only Alaska Indian Arts pole where each carver did one figure. (Usually all the carvers worked together on the entire pole... Read More...

Order: 9A
Date: 1979/1980
Carver: Edwin Kasko

A 7 foot Raven Pole carved in yellow cedar.

Order: 9B
Date: 1962 or 1963
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.: Leo Jcobs, Leonard Bowan, Wes Willard and others

Outside and to the left of the tribal house is a 30 foot Raven Pole. This is one of the earliest poles done by Alaska Indian Arts. Because it is so early, the eye shapes look strange. The carvers... Read More...

Order: 10
Date: 1959 to 1973 (poles) House started in 1959 and dedicated August 11, 1962.
Carver: Alaska Indian Arts, Inc.

The house was started in 1959. The floor and support posts and cross beams were up for a couple of years before the house was completed. The building was dedicated August 11, 1962.

Named... Read More...

Order: 11
Date: 1983
Carver: David Svenson, Greg Horner and Alaska Indian Arts

This 16 foot Eagle Family Pole took 1,000 hours of carving time. It was purchased by the City of Haines from Carl Heinmiller and Alaska Indian Arts. This pole inspired Jim Heaton to start carving... Read More...

Order: 12
Date:
Carver: Jim Heaton

This 16 foot tall pole represents the Folletti family and stands at Chilkoot River Lodge. From the base up, the pole depicts a frog (grandmother’s clan), a raven with a halibut in its beak (Sue... Read More...

Order: 12
Date:
Carver: John Hagen

This panel originally stood at the Canadian-American border, which is why it says “Welcome to Alaska” rather than “Welcome to Haines”. The right side of the sign is “Three Bears” by John Hagen.... Read More...

Order: 12
Date: 2013-2015
Carver: Jim Heaton

This 10 foot tall pole represents the museum the bottom has the box of knowledge with the Fort Seward muster bell and two tineh representing financial support. Above are a man woman and child... Read More...

Order: 1
Date: 1979
Carver: David Svenson, Greg Horner, Edwin Kasko, Cliff Thomas, John Hagen

The totem poles on both sides of the “Welcome to Haines” sign located at Picture Point are actually two sections of one pole. The original pole was carved in 1979 out of red cedar at Alaska Indian... Read More...

Order: 1