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June 26, 2003

Burke Museum and Gray Line offer Totem Pole Tours of Seattle!

Saturdays, July 12 and August 9, 2003
11:30 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 Burke members, $35 non-members, $60 patron (includes Burke membership and book)

Seattle -- Totem poles are one of the most compelling and iconic forms of Northwest Coast art. They are also all around us here in Seattle, though we often take their presence for granted in the rush of daily life. This summer you'll have a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating history and relevance of totem poles in Northwest Native culture, as you tour the city visiting some of the totems to be found right in our own backyard. Get on the bus with a Burke Museum expert and take a closer look at these awe-inspiring artworks!

The tours begin with a visit to the current exhibit, "Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles," which features the history and revitilization of totem carving. You'll see haunting photographic images by Adelaide de Menil; historic pieces from the Burke's renowned collection of monumental sculpture; and the stories and photos of contemporary Native carvers.

After this introduction, the tour leaves the Burke and visits totem poles at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market, and the Museum of History and Industry, learning about the unique figures and legends depicted in these poles. The tour includes a stop at Totem House Fish and Chips, where patrons can enjoy lunch on their own, and ends back at the Burke Museum. Tour members are invited to enjoy the Burke for the remainder of the day after the tour, or to browse the myriad of totem-related books, gifts, and artworks in the Museum Store.

Cost for the Totem Pole Tours is: $25 for Burke members, $35 for non-members, and $60 for a patron ticket which includes a Burke family membership as well as the book, "Seattle Totem Poles." Cost includes admission to the Burke and reading materials about totem poles, as well as a selected bibliography, for tour participants who wish to continue learning about the significance of totem poles in this area.

To make a reservation or to find out more information, please call Gray Line of Seattle at 206-626-5208 or 1-800-426-7505. You may also visit http://www.graylineofseattle.com

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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