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Photo Essay: Native art at Totem Bight Park, Ketchikan, Alaska Special

Ketchikan - Ketchikan has the world's largest collection of totem poles. These imposing sculptures can be seen throughout the city and at several locations nearby. Totem Bight State Park contains 15 large totem poles and a replica of a traditional clan house.
 

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Thunderbird and Whale Mortuary Totem Pole. The mythical bird lives high on the mountain top. The bir...
Thunderbird and Whale Mortuary Totem Pole. The mythical bird lives high on the mountain top. The bird creates wind by the beating of its wings, and lightening by the blink of its eyes. The black whale at the base of the pole symbolizes the mountain top where the bird rests before devouring his prey.
Eagle Grave Marker. Replica of the original from the old Haida village of Howkan  Long Island.  The ...
Eagle Grave Marker. Replica of the original from the old Haida village of Howkan, Long Island. The designs on the chest are interpreted as mountains, clouds, and creatures living there.
The Clan House is made of Western Red Cedar. The entrance to the Clan House (the oval hole in the ce...
The Clan House is made of Western Red Cedar. The entrance to the Clan House (the oval hole in the central pole on the front) was purposely made small. It forces a person to go inside head first.
Totem Bight Park  occupies about 33 acres of forested land facing the sea with a wonderful view of t...
Totem Bight Park occupies about 33 acres of forested land facing the sea with a wonderful view of the Tongass Narrows. In the background are the shores of Gravina Island.
Large totem poles hold the main beams inside the Clan house. The large structure has a single square...
Large totem poles hold the main beams inside the Clan house. The large structure has a single square chamber with a central fire pit.