2011-11-10 / News

Totem of Chief Wawatam Coming

Chief Wawatam Park in St. Ignace will boast a six-foot totem of its namesake, a tribal chief, this spring.

Tom Paquin of Cross Village, originally of St. Ignace, has been working on the totem since July. Mr. Paquin carves wood totems for the Museum of Ojibwe Culture and was asked by the Downtown Development Authority to make the totem for the park.

His wife, Sally Paquin, will paint the totem once the carving is finished.

The Paquins acquired a white pine log for the project after searching statewide for a traditional cedar log and failing to find one large enough. When Mr. Paquin began carving, he found the inside of the log was still green. He plans to let it season over the winter and begin again in the spring.

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