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Restoring the Oregon Zoo Totem Pole

Chief Tsungani and family have been busy restoring the totem pole at the Oregon Zoo, carved by Chief Lelooska during the Oregon Centennial in 1959. The pole, 50 feet tall and 42 inches in diameter, is tentatively scheduled for reinstallation near the zoo’s mountain goat habitat in late September. There are articles describing the pole…

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August 2nd is Girl Scout Day

Come join us on Saturday, August 2nd for Girl Scout Day at the Lelooska Cultural Center! Explore the Lelooska Museum and immerse yourself in Native American Cultures. Visit a fur trade camp outside our museum. Learn about life in the fur trade including the use of the parflesche. View the rawhide parflesches in our collection…

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Lelooska's Northwest coastal style totem pole — 50 feet tall and 42 inches in diameter — was carved from cedar during the 1959 Oregon Centennial Exposition. The work honors Oregonian soldiers who participated in Operation Deep Freeze, a famous multinational series of exploratory missions to Antarctica during the late 1950s. It was installed on zoo grounds in 1960 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places as well as catalogued in the Smithsonian American Art Museum database. Lelooska died in 1996, so his brother, Chief Fearon "Tsungani" Smith, led restoration efforts, repairing cracks and rot, as well as painting, cleaning and detailing the carving. Zoo volunteers assisted with some restoration activities, and the Lelooska Foundation, based in Ariel, Wash., oversaw the entire effort. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Michael Durham

Lelooska Foundation and Cultural Center shared Oregon Zoo's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Lelooska's Northwest coastal style totem pole — 50 feet tall and 42 inches in diameter — was carved from cedar during the 1959 Oregon Centennial Exposition. The work honors Oregonian soldiers who participated in Operation Deep Freeze, a famous multinational series of exploratory missions to Antarctica during the late 1950s. It was installed on zoo grounds in 1960 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places as well as catalogued in the Smithsonian American Art Museum database. Lelooska died in 1996, so his brother, Chief Fearon "Tsungani" Smith, led restoration efforts, repairing cracks and rot, as well as painting, cleaning and detailing the carving. Zoo volunteers assisted with some restoration activities, and the Lelooska Foundation, based in Ariel, Wash., oversaw the entire effort. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Michael Durham

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