Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaskaʼs New Deal Totem Parks

Photo: Courtesy Emily Moore
Photo: Courtesy Emily Moore

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Thursday, June 10 
7 PM

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The totem parks of Southeast Alaska rank among the regionʼs most popular tourist destinations, but their cultural and political significance has been largely overlooked. Built by Tlingit and Haida men enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1938-1942, the New Deal totem parks emerged from the nexus of federal interest in Indigenous heritage of the United States (after decades of official measures to suppress and even eradicate that heritage) and Tlingit and Haida efforts to assert their cultural prerogatives and aboriginal claims to the Tongass National Forest. This talk considers the complexities of the New Deal program and highlights several poles restored by the CCC.

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Emily Moore is associate professor of art history at Colorado State University. Raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, she earned her PhD in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University. Her research with Tlingit and Haida communities in Southeast Alaska has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Terra Foundation for American Art, Sealaska Heritage Foundation, and the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art.