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Totems Arising @ Cuthill ... from ELIS

Shortest on the left, tallest on the right ......!

The 'official' dedication of the three John Muir Totem Poles is scheduled for 12 noon on September 19th during the battle re-enactment encampment, but the 'engineering' aspects are proceeding well. Each pole, taken from the second red cedar that was donated by Chemainus BC to the Arts Festival in 2005, has been carved and painted by ELIS students with the support of Kenny Grieve, Tom Ewing and Andrew Crummy. They are supported on steel spikes sunk into a concrete base, and are held in place with resin glue. Final coats of stain will be applied in the coming days.

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Editor's Note:

It's taken a goodly while to find the best location for these three totems. To refresh the memory, the NewsNet Report originally given here in June 2008 is repeated below.

That second Red Cedar from Chemainus finally gets carved!

The team of youngsters from St Joseph's ELIS which has worked with Kenny Grieve and Tom Ewing to help carve and paint respectively have created two new shorter poles for the Arts Festival, and a third is in preparation. They have dubbed them the 'John Muir' Totems.

The press and the Lord Lieutenant, Sir Garth Morrison, were both on hand to see their pride in a task well done; and Kenny Grieve as there too of coursre!

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For those who wonder where they will finally be erected, it's a closely guarded secret. Not even the Arts Festival knows yet awhile. In practice it's a discreet pause until the third is ready as well.

The local press were certainly pleased to tell the story:


A grant towards this project of 1500 from East Lothian Council, being one third of the total expenditure, is most gratefully acknowledged here.

Published Date: September 3rd 2009

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