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Title Alaskan Chilkoot Totem Pole
Date 1969
Collection Art and Crafts Collection
Object Name Pole, Totem
Catalog Number 1987.96.1
Description This 14.5 ft. 1,300 lb. totem pole is a solid piece of Alaskan red cedar carved with faces and animal imagery, with the wood painted in sections of dark brown, pink and green.
Diameter (in) 240
Height (in) 174
Provenance Carved by Alaskan Chilkoot Native American craftsmen in 1969, at Western Airlines' booth at the Alaska Travel and Trade Fair hosted by the Alaska Business Council and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and Century City shopping mall. This was the first Chilkoot totem pole carved in California. For more information, see the Western Airlines Flight Times publication March 1969 issue.

Pacific Northern Airlines, the Alaska flag line, had merged with Western Airlines in 1967, and Chilkoot members presented the carving to Western in acknowledgment of Western's commitment to Alaska.

During 1969, the totem carving was erected in front of Western Airlines' headquarters facility in Los Angeles, California, in honor of Ralph C. Cook, lead mechanic, who was Western's first 40-year employee. The totem pole memorial was on display at 6150 Century Boulevard until the merger with Delta on April 1, 1987.
Search Terms Pacific Northern Airlines
Western Airlines
Pacific Northwest (U.S.)
Pacific (U.S.)
Subjects Art
Native Americans
Totem poles
Wood carvings
Credit line Western Airlines