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Alaska tribal members to get back totem pole taken by actor

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A stolen totem pole that went from Hollywood garden decor to the basement of a Hawaii museum will be returned to Alaska tribal members.

University of Alaska Anchorage Professor Steve Langdon has long researched the totem pole and says actor John Barrymore directed crew members of his yacht to take it from an unoccupied Alaska village in 1931.

He says Barrymore had the pole erected at his estate. Actor Vincent Price and his wife eventually bought it and donated it to the museum in 1981.

Honolulu Museum of Art officials will give the pole back to the Tlingit (KLINK'-it) people Thursday.

Langdon says he learned the totem pole was used for burials, and there were remains of a man inside when Barrymore displayed it. He doesn't know what happened to the remains.

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