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Jim Heaton, Teeya Saati, adopted by Gooch Hit (Wolf House), in Klukwan. Jim Heaton has been studying and carving Northwest Coast Art since 1984. Since that time he has com- pleted over 200 feet of totem poles and house posts. Jim is the designer and Master Carver/Instructor for this totem.
In 1995 Jim was hired as adjunct fac- ulty by the University of Alaska South- east to teach Northwest Coast Art in Juneau, Alaska, and has taught over 60 credit hours in Juneau and over 50 credit hours in Klukwan.
In 2001 he was hired by the Chilkat Indian Village to lead the traditional knowledge camp building projects, us- ing traditional tools and methods to complete a half size replica of a long- house, a smoke house, drying shed and adzing shed. Jim was also the form line design and carving instructor for the Klukwan Artist Training Program in which carvers and weavers earned a University of Alaska certificate of merit in Northwest Coast Art. Jim’s work can be found in the perma- nent collections of the Alaska State Museum, Juneau; Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center, Haines; North Pacific Rim People’s Museum, Hokkaido, Japan; and various galleries in Alaska and Washington.
The new pole at the Haines Borough Public Library
Assisting with the auction for the JKCHC Dinner