Totem Pole Donated to Arboretum
The Arboretum has a fabulous new totem pole—a generous gift from the family of Jim and Gretchen Faulstich. The pole was carved by artist Dale Faulstich, who has created more than 50 poles for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Its new home is the Native Knoll section of the Arboretum, just a short walk along Arboretum Drive from the Graham Visitors Center.
The carver Dale Faultstich installed the pole on October 8, 2015, with lots of help from the Parks Department’s Heavy Lifting Crew and Jamestown Excavating. On October 16, the Arboretum Foundation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony with its City and University partners and members of the extended Faulstich family.
The carvings on the pole are inspired by the traditional Northwest coastal native folk tale, “The Origin of the Eagle Clan.”