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Utility Box Art by Dale Faulstitch
About the Artwork
The graphics on this utility box are intended to pay homage to the first people to inhabit the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.  For thousands of years, prior to the first appearance of Euro-Americans in this area, the S'Klallam People fished, hunted, raised families and ceremoniously celebrated life here.  The S'Klallam People are part of the larger group now known as the Coast Salish.  Over the period of time, from as far back as memory and tradition can recall, the Coast Salish evolved a sophisticated art form that is abstract and rhythmic, as well as representational. The designs of the Traffic Utility Box Wrap use this art form to represent various aspects of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, and its continuous presence here on the North Olympic Peninsula.

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South Face and West Face
The crest figures currently employed by the Jamestown Tribe are the Eagle and the Salmon. These two figures, placed on the South and West sides of the Utility Box therefore represent the Tribe's continuing existence and influence in the Sequim area today.

North Face
Legend and Tradition tell us that the S'Klallam People living in the village on Sequim Bay (Suxtcikwi'in) were descended from a family of wolves.  The Wolf (Stat'cen) was considered to be one of the more powerful guardian spirits known to the S'Klallam.  It brought notable prowess as a hunter and warrior.  Wolf power guaranteed bravery in the face of danger great hunting skills, and physical agility.

East Face
The design on this side of the Utility Box pays homage to what is considered to be the most valuable of resources; one that is greatly valued by all Tribal members, namely, the Tribal Elders and Ancestors.

The Color Palette
The colors used for this project will be those traditionally used by the Coast Salish People:  Black, red, blue-green, white and natural wood tones.  The pigment for black was made from cedar charcoal or charred animal bones, red came from iron oxide or red ochre, blue-green came from mineral clays like celadonite or oxides of copper, white was derived from oyster shells, and lastly, the brown tone used for this project represents the color of fresh cut cedar wood.