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Ketchikan Totem Poles

Ketchikan features the world’s largest collection of totem poles. They’re all over the town, in public places as well as people’s front yards. We saw only a small number of them on our mobility scooter tour. A good reason to go back to Ketchikan–I’d love to see a lot more! I’m trying something different in […]

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Ketchikan Totem Poles, Page 2

Chief Johnson Pole Chief George Johnson, also known as Skookum Johnson, was the leader of the Tsimshians who moved his people from Canada to the Ketchikan area in 1887. He erected the original pole in 1901. It was known the Kadjuk Pole because it represented the heritage of the Kadjuk House of the Raven clan. […]

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Ketchikan Totem Poles, Page 3

Totem Heritage Center Now we move indoors to the Totem Heritage Center, which preserves endangered poles, mostly from abandoned sites. Half a dozen rescued totems greet you as you enter the door. The picture on the left shows two of them. Below is a bear figure on the top of one of the totems. The […]

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Ketchikan Totem Poles, Page 4

Some Other Totem Poles I didn’t have enough information about these poles to give them their own pages. The one on the left stands outside the Totem Heritage Center. The two figures at the top are wearing sashes from the ANS (Alaska Native Sisterhood) and ANB (Alaska Native Brotherhood). The woman might represent Elizabeth Peratrovich, […]

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Ketchikan

Don’t forget you can click any thumbnail to see the full size shot. Do click the above panorama of the dockside, it looks great full size! Ketchikan–the Tlingit name means “thundering wings of an eagle.” Or possibly “the river belonging to Kitschk.”  People seem to favor the first interpretation, and the native sculpture near the […]

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