Four of the 43 totem poles in downtown Duncan will be refurbished this summer as part of the city’s ongoing totem pole program.
The City of Duncan has put out a request for proposals from those with experience in dealing with totem poles to do the work.
The four poles that require work are the Pole of Wealth, the Eagle, Raven, Bear Totem Pole, The Feast Totem Pole and the Raven Stealing the Sun Totem Pole.
The Pole of Wealth was carved in 1988 by Simon Charlie, who is Kwa’mutsun, part of the Quw’utsun’ Tribes.
The Eagle, Raven, Bear pole was carved in 1989 by Lenard Paquette Jackson, a Cree from Slave Lake, Alberta.
The Feast pole was carved in 1987 by Doug LaFortune, who is Coast Salish of Quw’utsun’ and Tsawout heritage.
The Raven Stealing the Sun pole was carved in 1990 by Donald Smith, who is Coast Salish from Qw’umiyiqun, Quw’utsun’ Tribes.
The poles, which are all made of wood, have weathered significantly since they were first carved.
Each year, the city identifies a number of poles in need of repair and the work is usually carried out in the summer months.
The budget for the work depends on the quotes the city receives from its request for proposals.
The original carvers of the totem poles to be worked on are also invited to participate in the process.
Quotes on the work can be submitted to Paige MacWilliam, City of Duncan, 200 Craig Street, Duncan, B.C., V9L 1W3, or firstname.lastname@example.org by 3 p.m. on May 27.