New library story pole speaks volumes to community spirit


SET IN PLACE – Swinomish master carver Kevin Paul, left, sang a song blessing the story pole he and son-in-law Camus Logue created for the new La Conner Swinomish Library. Swinomish Senator Brian Wilbur, right, also spoke at the installation – Photo by Ken Stern

Swinomish master carver Kevin Paul's latest work, a carved and painted thematic totem story pole was installed near the new La Conner Swinomish Library entrance July 7.

“It’s really a landmark,” said La Conner Regional Library Board of Directors Secretary Robert Hancock, who attended the hour-long installation and brief ceremony afterward. “It’s something that people coming to town will want to have their picture taken with.”

The tall and graceful pole symbolizes unity and a reverence for lifelong learning and personal growth. Son-in-law Camas Logue was Paul’s assistant.


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