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The Culture of Native Alaskans @ Totem Bight State Park

Learn about the Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit Alaskan Native cultures as you view their totem poles and the clan house from the historical and unique perspective of the waterfront, courtesy of Lighthouse Excursions. Totem Bight Park is home to Alaska’s tallest totem pole. Through funds secured by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Native carvers were hired to reconstruct the look and cultural value of original totem poles. Using traditional tools, 15 Native American totem poles and a clan house were recreated and can be found in the park today.

The indigenous culture of Native American is an important aspect of Ketchikan, Alaska. Tattooing, beading, painting, carving, and weaving were all a part of the Native arts. During our excursions, you’ll learn what types of tools Natives used to hunt and fish for their food. Along the way, you’ll also learn about their daily life, ceremonies, and how war affected them. Our vessel features observation decks that allow for excellent opportunities to photograph totem pole art and the clan house.

That said, art and nature go hand-in-hand in Ketchikan. The natural beauty of the landscape and the sight of wildlife, such as eagles, whales, seals, bear, deer, sea lions and numerous sea birds will create memories that you and your family will cherish forever. Totem poles offer an in-depth and complex insight into the clans and communities that once inhabited these untamed areas. There are 14 totem poles at Totem Bight Park, which are named:

  • Thunderbird and Whale
  • Eagle Grave Marker
  • Man Wearing Bear Hat
  • Wandering Raven House Entrance Pole
  • Pole on the Point
  • Blackfish Pole
  • Land Otter Pole
  • Master Carver Pole
  • Sea Monster Pole
  • Raven at the Head of Nass
  • Kat’s Bear Wife
  • Kadjuk Bird Pole
  • Halibut ole
  • Thunderer’s Pole

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