The City Museum has two totem poles in the permanent collection- the Auk Tribe and Wooshkeetaan Totem Poles. These poles were commissioned by the Juneau Centennial Committee as part of the 1980 Juneau Centennial Celebration and were carved by Nathan Jackson and Steve Brown with assistance from Dorcus Jackson in 1980 and 1981 from donated red cedar logs harvested near Wrangell. The two poles were designed to honor the two moieties, Tléix’ Shangukeidí (Eagle/Wolf) and Tléix’ Laayaneidí (Raven/Crow), of the Áak’w Ḵwáan, the original inhabitants of this area. In June of 1983, the two totem poles were installed in front of the newly completed Centennial Hall. Around twenty years later, it was determined that both totem poles needed to be moved to indoor locations to protect them from weather. The Auk Tribe pole was installed inside the atrium at the Juneau-Douglas High School in 2003 and the Wooshkeetaan Totem Pole remains in storage awaiting a new home. The City Museum invites you to join our journey towards installing the Wooshkeetaan Totem Pole in a new indoor location. Here are three ways you can support this project:
Make a donation
To help with installation costs, donations can be directed through the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum at
or by sending a check to PO Box 22450, Juneau, AK 99802
To volunteer to serve on an advisory or steering committee call Beth Weigel at 907-586-3572.
Follow our progress
updates, videos, and historical tidbits about the Wooshkeetaan totem pole, visit our website, Facebook page and YouTube Channel: