Museum logo
Museum logo

Photo Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Catalog Number 2013.077.171
Caption Paul Luvera carving a totem pole
Description Paul N. Luvera, Sr., retired in 1957 after running Luvera's Grocery and being a Washington State Senator. Approximately 1962 he started a second career, carving totem poles which his wife Mary painted in "real" Indian colors. Unable to find a book telling how to carve Indian totem poles, Luvera taught himself to carve in the authentic style from several tribal post cards he bought in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1976 he started writing "How To Carve (and paint) Totem Poles." His three children, (Paul Jr., Mary, and Phyllis), edited his seventh grade writing style, but publishers weren't interested in his product. The Luveras decided to invest their life savings and publish 5000 books on their own. Mike Royko of the CHICAGO DAILY NEWS wrote a favorable review, and the books sold out. By 1989 the book was in its 7th edition.

All of the entries 2013.077.167 to 2013.077.191 are related to the publishing of this book.

In this color publicity photo Luvera is shown carving a totem pole; his house at 2102 9th Street is in the background.
Date / /
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
Credit line Donated by Mary Ennes Davis, October 2013
People LUVERA, Paul, Sr.
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms totem pole
Object Name Print, Photographic