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On May 11, the Eagle’s Spirit Totem Pole at UW Medical Center – Northwest was rededicated after being newly restored.

World-renowned Tsimshian artist David Boxley carved and restored the totem pole in memory of his sister-in-law, Cindy Sue James, and the care she received at UW Medical Center – Northwest. The Eagle’s Spirit Totem Pole honors James’ legacy and that of all cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

The totem pole holds deep personal and cultural significance: From the bottom figure representing Cindy Sue herself, signature dimples and all, to the top where an Eagle represents the eagle clan of the Tsimshian people of Southeast Alaska.


The restoration was made possible thanks to generous donations from community members.

Watch a video to learn more about the making of the totem pole and James’ story.