It takes more than just the right tools to carve a totem. Unless they are made by members of one of the traditional totem-carving coastal Pacific tribes, they may appropriating the often sacred symbols and methods those tribes reserve. Totems on public display by cities, schools, museums, and sports teams are coming under new scrutiny.
Sgwaayaans T.J. Young (Haida), carver
Greg Colfax KlaWayHee (Makah), carver and artist
Chairman Mike Evans (Snohomish Tribe of Indians)
Jewell James (Lummi Nation), master carver