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A totem pole in Santa Fe? Why not?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It might look a little fearsome, but Rachel Wixom said this totem pole doesn’t send chills up her spine when

This totem pole is part of the Ralph T. Coe Foundation's collection. (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

This totem pole is part of the Ralph T. Coe Foundation’s collection. (Jackie Jadrnak/Journal)

she’s working into the night in low lighting at the Ralph T. Coe Foundation.

As a matter of fact, it makes her feel downright protected, she said.

The pole once rose from the backyard of her late uncle’s home on Agua Fria Street, but now it’s housed along with the many other Native American items he collected over his lifetime in the foundation’s offices, where Wixom is president and CEO..

And, as we told you last Friday in the Journal North, many of the items now are on display in a new exhibition at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian on Museum Hill.