Mother Earth now watching over Mukilteo

Jul 11, 2012
Photo by: Sara Bruestle

A Native American totem pole is installed at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park on Thursday morning.

Master carver and Tulalip tribal member James Madison carved Mother Earth out of the large cedar driftwood log that now stands in the southern cul-de-sac of the park. The totem pole is 18 by 9 feet.

The carving joins other Native American artwork, including a metal sculpture and sidewalk art Madison and fellow local artist Joe Gobin have made for the park.

Madison’s carvings are in hotels, casinos and parks throughout the Puget Sound region.

The story of Mother Earth, as well as other tribal stories, is represented in the carving on the log. Elements of her face represent the four elements – earth, wind, water and fire – which are important to Native American culture.

Madison sold the carving to the city for $18,000. It had been appraised for $30,000.



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