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History displayed: 1954 mascot Kolidja still in school case

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 school ath...


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