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New Ashuk T’salil Totem Pole!
Friday, 15 March 2013 14:31
small_mw002By Thomas L, Chapter Chief Ashuk T'salil

Primary construction of the Ashuk T'salil (Northlakes District) totem pole was completed on 24th of November. The totem pole is a replacement for the original pole that fell down about 20 years ago that was built in the 1960's. The pole is about 15 feet tall and was made of a 99-year old cedar tree from Camp Brinkley that was cut down last December, where it has been worked on continuously for almost a year by chapter members in the Brinkley work shed. The totem pole has three figures on it, which are Bear (top), Squirrel (middle), and Blue Heron (bottom) each is about five-feet tall and had have been worked on immensely. The figures represent Bear as the adult leaders , the squirrel represents the youth , and the Blue Heron represents the whole chapter as Northlakes. Bear is very common, but Squirrel is very rare in native American totems and so is Blue Heron, we had a lot of help from chapter member and master carver Richard White to get the figures just right. Only a few more details need to be carved so that it can be put up at the OA long house, which is at Camp Piggot (near Camp Brinkley). We have used various authentic tools including curved knives and adzes, exacto knives, chisels, and pocket knives (all very sharp). Safety gloves and glasses were donated, as well as metal for the adze blades that were used to carve the core out of the back of the totem pole (10 adzes were created for the rough work, and professional grade tools were used for the figure carving). Our next step is to paint and seal the pole and raise it in time for conclave.

The OA youth in this photograph are Willie B, Murphy B, Thomas L, Galen L, adult leaders are John Ewell, Mike Holton, Chris Lane, Robert Lane, Frank Long.

Longhouse Dedication April 12-14th 2013
Thursday, 07 March 2013 00:00
longhouseconstruction129The T'Kope Kwiskwis Lodge is excited to announce the formal dedication of the new Longhouse April 12-14th 2013.

Friday night is the opening show for Order of the Arrow members, including an unforgetable Brotherhood ceremony. Saturday culminates with the Potlatch - the official opening of the Longhouse for all Scouts, Scouters and supporters. Families are more than welcome to join the festivities Saturday. Check in opens at 6pm Friday night at Camp Brinkley.

The Longhouse Grand Opening has a limited number of participants and registrations will not be accepted at the door so register today!

There are two options to attend:

All Weekend
And Saturday only


Thank you for your support of the new Longhouse. We look forward to celebrating its opening with you this spring.

Schedule follows.

Old Ashuk T'Salil Pole Identified
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:00
missingpolearch20132A photo surfaced out of the collection shared by longtime lodge member Ken H of a pole that has been lost. We have identified the pole in the photograph as the missing Ashuck T'Salil pole.

The pole stood, according to an old site plan, on the right hand side of the longhouse as you faced the building. It was the farthest pole on the right next to the original site of the Sunyakwa pole. The following is a description of the Ashuck T'Salil pole:

"The top figure represents the clan of the Silver Marmot. The cross bar is called the people ladder showing the 10 chapters working together. Below the ladder is the Grizzly Bear showing indomitable outdoor spirit of the Chapter. The man with the copper signifies the wealth and resources of the chapter. The total totem shows the relationship to the lodge and the uniqueness in the lodge of the Chapter."

This is the first photo of the pole to surface in decades and we are excited to share it with the lodge.

Thank you Ken!
T'Kope Featured in New OA Painting
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00
visionoffoundersmall1This summer at the 2012 NOAC the lodge was astonished at the inclusion of our old brotherhood flap in the 100th OA Anniversary painting by official BSA artist Joseph Csatari. The story behind the painting is even more remarkable. The artist chose the 5 most influential lodges in the Order's first 100 years to accompany Unami #1 in the parade of flaps. We are lucky and honored to be there. We should give our thanks to former Lodge Adviser and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Del Loder who is the main reason for our inclusion.

The painting, Visions of the Founder, is an art piece featuring a young E. Urner Goodman explaining to two Scouts what he envisions for the Order of the Arrow. This vision is of the things of the spirit - brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service - and is depicted in the painting's background.

Limited edition prints and Glisees are available from the National OA Endowment and fully support the work of the endowment.

Conclave 2013 - One Great Light!
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 00:00
We're looking forward to seeing you at the greatest Scouting event of the year! Join over 300 Arrowmen from all over Alaska, Washington and beyond for a weekend of fun and fellowship. Enjoy tons of activities, inspiration and entertaining shows, great training classes, a multitude of Native American events, patch auctions - just to name a few! Conclave 2013 takes place April 26-28 at Camp Pigott.

Price: $40 ($35 for new arrowmen)

Start Time: Friday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
End Time: Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 am

On-Line Registration is now open


A hard copy registration form is also available - Click Here

Check for Conclave program details on the Section w-1N website.


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5 Seal Their Membership
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 15:16


allowat_sakima_parsons_smallWe encourage everyone to congratulate our latest brothers who sealed their membership in the Order by going through the Brotherhood Ceremony held at Camp Sheppard this past weekend. Congratulations to our new brotherhood members!

Ean D.
Ryan G.
Max L.
Matthew R.
David V.

If it's been 10 months since your ordeal and you want to step up to the Brotherhood, there are many opportunities, including all the ordeals, conclave, the longhouse dedication, some longhouse work parties, Spring Fellowship, some camporees and some Winter Camp weekends. For more information contact your Troop/Team Rep, or your chapter leadership. If you are really interested in getting your brotherhood at one of the first ceremonies in the new Longhouse here are the dates and times:

Saturday April 6th - 8pm following the Ordeal
Friday April 12th - Longhouse Dedication weekend; 10pm following the opening show
Saturday April 27th - 7:00am before breakfast at Conclave

Registration is open for all three of these events! Don't miss the opportunity and sign up today!

Longhouse Preparations
Monday, 07 January 2013 00:00

longhouseconstruction157The grand opening weekend of the longhouse April 12 - 14 is fast approaching! Our wonderful contractors are close to being finished with the overall structure of the building and finishing work will soon begin.
During winter break lodge members had the opportunity to help out the project. Over two weekends members cleaned up the construction site, and began the process of cleaning the old siding.

When the old building was carefully de-constructed members knew it was important to save as much as possible. Because of their conservation efforts parts of the old building will survive in the new. The original siding taken from ancient cedar trees from the camp property and lovingly hand split by members of the lodge in the late 1950's and early 1960's will now adorn the front of the building. The tight grains and deep tones of the heartwood were clearly evident as the first courses of siding went up this past weekend.

There will be more opportunities to serve. You can follow us on Facebook or on our longhouse site for project information and notification of the next work party.

Join the Fun: Winter Camp Staff!
Sunday, 06 January 2013 00:00
SheppardboyuphillJoin your brothers for a weekend of fun and service in the shadow of the Mountain and support a vital and exciting council program. Each Chapter has several opportunities to help out at Camp Sheppard. The program runs now through March 24th. Contact your Chapter Chief or the Lodge Service Vice Chief at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information. Hope to see you there!

Read more for a list of your chapter's dates to staff!

Or Click Here.

One Great Light: Conclave 2013
Saturday, 05 January 2013 00:00
patch-design-aBrothers of T'Kope Kwiskwis,

Happy New Year! Section W-1N is ready to kick start 2013 with completing some of the final preparations of Conclave 2013: One Great Light. There is much to look forward to for Conclave this year! First of all, there will be a demonstration of the new Brotherhood Ceremony approved by the National Committee at the National Planning Meeting held in Dallas, Texas the week after Christmas. Also, new and improved training sessions will occur where you can start or work on your degree from Section W-1N's Teaquan Wask University. These training sessions can help improve ceremonial skills, leadership skills, give you a jumpstart as a new Arrowman, or expand your horizons on outdoor adventure. Plus, there will be plenty of fun activities and inspirational shows to make sure your Conclave experience is the best. Registration will be open on the evening of Thursday, January 10, 2013. I can't wait to see you on the weekend of April 26th-April 28th at Camp Pigott for Conclave 2013: One Great Light!

To register for Conclave starting January 10th:


Yours in Service,

Chris Zantek

Section W-1N Chief

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