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Tacoma: Review panel unanimously agrees that totem pole should not be removed from city’s arts collection

They mulled over its decrepit condition, speculated about who carved it and discussed its historical and cultural significance – both as a potential sacred artifact and a beloved object of commercial kitsch.

But in the end, all voting members of a specially convened review panel agreed Tuesday: Tacoma’s totem pole should remain part of the city’s art collection.

“I think it’s important to keep it,” said Jack Curtright, a longtime Tacoma dealer of Native American art. “It’s been here, I grew up with it. It’s been an icon of this community.”

Tacoma’s Arts Commission took the unusual step of convening

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UPDATE Tacoma: Who’s on the totem pole review panel?

Update 11:45 a.m. Tuesday June 4

The city’s revamped website mistakenly states that the totem pole deacession review panel today starts at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting actually will begin at 2:30 p.m.  City spokeswoman Maria Lee provides this explanation:

(T)his was a technical issue where all times on the site were displaying in the Eastern Time Zone. The issue has been resolved on the back end but it may take a while for some servers to reflect that.

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As we wrote about here,  Tacoma’s Arts Commission will take the rare step of convening a so-called “deaccession

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