A dedication ceremony was held on Friday, April 27th for Panorama’s new Welcome Pole that now stands in the center of McGandy Park, at the heart of Panorama. The Welcome Pole was designed and carved by Squaxin Island tribal member, Andrea Sigo. Andrea named the pole Kia, which means “the giver of life” or “grandmother.” As a welcome pole, Kia’s purpose is to greet visitors, as well as guard the community and all who reside in her presence. The old growth pacific red cedar that Kia was carved from denotes her position as a provider and the apron that adorns her features hummingbirds and butterflies, together suggesting endless joy, beauty, and everlasting life.
We are proud to have this beautiful symbol of kinship grace our community.