Video of McKinleyville Totem Pole recarving in 1984

The McKinleyville Totem Pole, aka the World’s Largest Totem Pole, was carved by Ernie Pierson and Johnny Nelson in 1962. After a couple decades enduring the elements, the outer sapwood started rotting. So in 1984 the totem pole was lowered and re-carved.

Hank Pierson, Ernie Pierson’s son, shot video of the event. Here are some excerpts. The man with the gray hair and beard at the end of the video is Ernie Pierson.