David Boxley 2012 Totem Pole Installtion at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
The totem pole is 22 feet long and carved from a red cedar log weighing 3,000 pounds. It was permanently installed at the Smithsonian on January 14th, 2012.
"Alaskan Indian woodcarver revives extinct totem art"
BBC News, 12 January 2012
"World renowned artist David Boxley and his son are carving a Tsimshian Alaskan Indian totem pole for a prominent American museum. With no skilled artists alive to instruct him in the traditional craft, Boxley had to learn on his own."
The Git-Hoan (People of the Salmon) Native Dance Group performing at the 2012 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
in Washington D.C January 14, 2012 unveiling of the Boxley totem pole.
- slide show of that performance coming soon.
View the official Smithsonian event coverage video: David Boxley Totem Pole at the National Museum of the American Indian
David Boxley, a Tsimshian carver from Alaska, created a totem pole for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Boxley, who grew up in Metlakatla, and his son finished the work in the museum's Potomac atrium, where the Tsimshian dance group Git--Hoan (People of the Salmon) celebrated the unveiling. "There's few of us," Boxley told the Washington Post. "But we're alive and well. We wanted to let people know we're alive and well." The totem features a chief holding salmon, a group of villagers, and an eagle—the symbol of Boxleys' clan.
Tiny NW tribe to have totem pole installed at Smithsonian
King 5 Seattle News,
December 27, 2011
Among the stately cedars of the Kitsap Peninsula, David Boxley is carving a niche for his people.
"I've been wishing for this since I heard the museum was going to happen," he said from the workspace outside his home in Kingston.
Boxley is a member of the Tsimshian tribe, located on a 10-mile-long island near Ketchikan, Alaska. Only about 10,000 members remain. Barely 100 still speak the native tongue.
"It's a culture than came close to disappearing," says Boxley.
Interview with Native American Tsimshian Artist David Boxley
By Historian, Darren R. Reid -University of Dundee
"David Boxley, a Tsimshian artist from Alaska, has been producing high quality pieces of art for over twenty five years. In that time he has built up an international reputation having produced Totems (and other pieces) for a variety of high profile clients, including the Goodwill Games and, most recently, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian."