Williams Township Totem Poles Historical

Williams Township Totem Poles Historical (HM1U0X)

Location: , PA 18042 Northampton County
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N 40° 38.176', W 75° 13.554'

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The southeast coast of Alaska Indians, the Tlingit and Haida Groups, enjoyed a rich tradition of stories and myths passed down orally from one generation to the next which helped to create and develop totem poles. Totem poles were carved and erected for different purposes or occasions. None of them involved worship in any sense. Some were memorial poles erected to honor important individuals upon their deaths or to commemorate a particular event. Whatever the type of pole, the dramatic carving on the column served to remind the native viewers of events, people, and legends from their collective history. With no written language, this was a significant contribution to the continuation of the culture. Totem poles are "story poles" only in the sense that the figures carved on them acted as symbols or memory aids to remind the story teller of the principal characters and events he was relating. After seeing several totem poles on one of my first trips to the northwest, I thought it would be a novelty to have one at home in Williams Township. The only way I could do that was to make one. In 1971 I did just that. Carved from an oak tree, after some time it showed signs of deterioration so I decided to replace it with two new ones. This time I made them with some more lasting material - concrete. That's what you are looking at now.

J. Rankin, 1998
HM NumberHM1U0X
Year Placed1998
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 29th, 2016 at 9:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 480897 N 4498405
Decimal Degrees40.63626667, -75.22590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 38.176', W 75° 13.554'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 38' 10.56" N, 75° 13' 33.24" W
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Area Code(s)610, 484
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 680-830 Browns Dr, PA 18042, US
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