Totem Poles of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe: The Art of Dale Faulstich

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This full-color book depicts and explains the creation of and the stories behind the cedar totem poles which adorn the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's campus and businesses, all designed and carved by Tribal Artist Dale Faulstich. Few people can drive through Blyn, Washington at the base of Sequim Bay without stopping to view and photograph the colorful and majestic totems, each of which tells a story of the Tribe and its social and natural history on the Olympic Peninsula. The book explains the process by which the trees are harvested and prepared for carving, the design, carving and decorating process, the tools used, installation of the poles (which are up to 50 feet tall), and the charming stories behind the animals and characters portrayed on each pole. Some of the stories are contemporary; others harken back to the teaching tales of the S'Klallam oral tradition. A beautiful book for carvers, historians, lovers of Native American art, this book is also a book of folktales suitable for reading to children, who will love finding the brightly painted animals in each accompanying photograph.

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Joan Worley is a freelance writer living in Sequim, Washington. A former teacher, she holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Ohio University. Dale Faulstich, Designer and Lead Carver for the Jamestown Totem Poles, has lived and worked on the Northwest Coast since 1972. In addition to ongoing projects and classes for the Tribe, Dale continues his own contemporary applications of Northwest style. He has created masks, steam bent boxes, animal form bowls, rattles, drums, and ceremonial objects, as well as carved doors, wall panels, furniture, fine art prints, sculpture and many other items which can be found in private and public collections across the U.S. David Woodcock is an award-winning professional aerial photographer living in Sequim. Also specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, David has photographed extensively around the Pacific Northwest as well as Canada and Alaska. He was an honor graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1971, and works as a contract dentist with the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.

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