History displayed: 1954 mascot Kolidja still in school case
March 22, 2023
He may not have realized it at the time, but nearly 70 years ago the late famed Swinomish artisan Andrew Joe began carving a special and lasting niche in the history of La Conner Schools.
And it is a part of campus lore and tradition literally and figuratively standing the test of time.
It is the life-sized carving of the Native American chieftain fondly known to generations of La Conner students as "Kolidja," now in a secured display area at the entrance to the middle school building.
But during his prime years, before achieving elder status, Kolidja was a constant presence at high scho...