Alaska's Incredible Totem Poles (part II)

by Betty August. 16, 2009 23643 views

Native art and culture flourishes in Ketchikan, Alaska,due to the large population of native Alaskans. The three indigenous Pacific Northwest Indian tribes are the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian who considered the areas throughout Northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska their territory.
Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles.Two miles south from Ketchikan is Saxman Village. Its totem park boasts the single largest collection of totems including the famed Abraham Lincoln pole and the Seward “shame” pole.
In a beautiful cove eight miles north of Ketchikan is Totem Bight State Park, where an historic collection of totems and a native community house can be visited.

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Lesson totem pole
This pole tells the story of a young boy who ignored warnings about putting his hand into holes in the rocks. He was trapped by a giant clam and drowned.

Abraham Lincoln totem pole
This pole was carved when Abraham Lincoln was the United States President. Tlingit civil rights attorney William Paul wrote in Alaska Journal magazine that this is most likely a “first white man” crest used to indicate that the pole owners' ancestors saw the first white man and claimed them as their clan crest.

William Seward totem pole
When Seward visited, he promised to return with gifts, and this pole was erected in his honor. When he failed to make good on his promise, the ears and mouth were painted red as a sign of stinginess.

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Michaå‚ 8 years, 1 month ago

Brilliant series, that's amazing and absolutely exotic for me.

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Neil Rosenberger 8 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for the vacation to alaska, great set ! how many were there at the site ? or was this all of them ? cd

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Marsha 8 years, 1 month ago

Oh did I miss the totem pole sets? The photos themselves are incredible...beautiful colors and so much interest! The stories and history are intriguing. I really like #14 and the angle in #19!

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Adrian 8 years, 2 months ago

Now that's an incredible set! Thankyou for all the information to accompany them too, it's fascinating :D

In case anyone else is curious, part one is [url=]here[/url]

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Chris Buchan Jones 8 years, 2 months ago

nice set

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Smitha 8 years, 2 months ago

wow, these are magnificent! never seen one myself, thank you for sharing:)

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Rebecca Weatherford 8 years, 2 months ago

trully great collection of the totems..great angles on all

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Brian 8 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful set! Great totem poles. I love #2, I've never seen one like that before.

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Kasia And Michaå‚ 8 years, 2 months ago

Terrific. I could go on an on about which ones I love... #5, #17, #19... Thank you very much for sharing this collection

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Robel Narte 8 years, 2 months ago

Oh wow ! very nice did capture it so well the details are perfect, clean , crisp and clear images.....very unusual artifacts..thank you so much for sharing my friend..
Best regards,

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Simon Giles 8 years, 2 months ago

Fantastic! I love these.

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Nancy 8 years, 2 months ago

Awesome set and captures!! Love them all:))

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Diane Davis 8 years, 2 months ago

These are really great shots of some amazing art. Thanks a lot.

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jon 8 years, 2 months ago

This is truly art. I would say some of the pieces are quite humorous.

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Judith 8 years, 2 months ago

These are awesome photos! I love the views that show the shapes used in Native American art! These are fun to look at and each time I go through them I see something new. Great job!

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Ricardo 8 years, 2 months ago

I loved this set the most!
really gorgeous pics!

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Leslie 8 years, 2 months ago

Sooo cool. And a new reason I want to go to Alaska. Before, it was only for the hot, single, antisocial guys. Oh, and the nature stuff. Heh.

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Buffy 8 years, 2 months ago

Nice to see on a vacation.

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