West Seattle totem pole re-dedication: New details; work party

August 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm | In Rotary Club of West Seattle, West Seattle news | 4 Comments

(WSB photo taken during the reinstallation last Wednesday)
Five days after the West Seattle Rotary Viewpoint Park totem pole was reinstalled (WSB video coverage here), WS Rotary has just sent new details about the rededication celebration planned for August 10th (one week from tomorrow), as well as an invitation to join in a work party at the park this weekend:

The public is invited to join the Rotary Club of West Seattle as we celebrate the return and rededication of West Seattle’s beloved Totem Pole. The Totem was recently refurbished and re-installed at The Rotary Viewpoint Park on 35th and Alaska SW. We are honored to have the original carver Robin Young, Cecile Hansen, Duwamish Tribal Chairperson and other dignitaries as our guests.

Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Time: 5:00 PM
Where: Rotary Viewpoint Park at 35th and Alaska SW

After the ceremony, all are invited to join the Rotary Club at the West Seattle Golf Course Fox Den Grille as we continue our celebration. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

A Work Party to spruce up the park is scheduled for Saturday, August 7th starting at 8:30 AM . Volunteers are needed if you would like to help.

For more information, please contact Shirley Clough at s.clough@comcast.net or 206-293-2773.

Last week’s reinstallation followed restoration and repainting work at Artech, more than seven months after the pole was stolen and taken to Oregon, where it was found along with another totem pole that had been stolen from its display site at the Renton Fred Meyer. ADDED 7:03 PM: An unusual view of the newly reinstalled West Seattle totem pole, taken Friday and shared today by Colby:


  1. Looking at the new & improved Totem, I think that maybe getting this stolen, and then found might have been the best thing for our Totem :)

    Comment by waman — 4:10 pm August 2, 2010 #

  2. Whatever this totem stood for before, from now on it stands for the power of money and how if you have it, you don’t have to be accountable for your crimes.

    Comment by lenguamor — 5:20 pm August 2, 2010 #

  3. … and only 3 people showed up? Lol…

    Comment by AnotherIdiotInWS — 9:37 pm August 2, 2010 #

  4. The photo was from the reinstallation, which wasn’t an event per se, happened around 10 am last Wednesday. People did come by to watch; I’d say those on hand, counting us, peaked at about a dozen; several people drifted by, took a look at the crane and the crew and the totem pole, and drifted on to wherever.

    Comment by WSB — 9:47 pm August 2, 2010 #

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