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Unity Pole in Kasaan
By Diane Gubatayao


September 21, 2007
Friday AM

Thanks to the contributors and editor Mary Kauffman for an outstanding story on the raising of the Unity Pole in Kasaan. I am privileged to work with Native Americans and American Indians here in California, and they aren't as knowledgeable about Alaska Natives. I remember the thrill of watching the raising of the Chief Johnson pole in Ketchikan many years ago, and it is inspiring to see such traditions still alive and thriving.

For me and many of my colleagues, the Unity pole is symbolic of the rebirth of Native culture everywhere. What a great blessing.

Diane Gubatayao
Davis, CA

About: "Former resident hoping to return some day."

Received September 18, 2007 - Published September 21, 2007

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UNITY POLE RAISING IN KASAAN By SUSAN BATHO & BILL HUPE - The Alaskan weather and unpaved Prince of Wales roads did not deter the large numbers of people who came to celebrate the raising of the Kasaan Unity Pole outside the Barry C Stewart School in Kasaan Village on Saturday, the 15th of the September. The IFA ferries were completely booked in the days before with cars and walk-ons as the celebrations began early with the meeting of family and friends - new and old - coming to help celebrate the first pole raising in the village in over 35 years. And long after the last visitors' cars had moved off, the partying continued in song and dance and food. - More...
Monday - September 17, 2007

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