- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Sealaska Heritage Institute is among sponsors of an upcoming ceremony to raise two totem poles carved for a building in the Indian village of Juneau.

The totems are replacing original poles that had deteriorated and become safety issues. The pole raising ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau.

The carvers are brothers Joe and T.J. Young, who began the work last year. They also created a replacement house screen - a painted, decorated panel that sits between the totem poles.

Sealaska Heritage officials say the screen has been installed.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is the nonprofit cultural and educational arm of Juneau-based Sealaska Corp., a regional Native corporation that donated the yellow cedar logs that the poles were carved on.


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