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Ketchikan Alaska News

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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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.
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.
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.
The old boardwalk has been restored and the former “houses of ill repute” are now souvenir shops...
The old boardwalk has been restored and the former “houses of ill repute” are now souvenir shops and art galleries.
Lots of seagulls spend time on the banks of the creek to try their luck at catching salmon.
Lots of seagulls spend time on the banks of the creek to try their luck at catching salmon.
Dolly Arthur  moved to Ketchikan in 1919  and set up her own business at 24 Creek Street. Dolly s li...
Dolly Arthur, moved to Ketchikan in 1919, and set up her own business at 24 Creek Street. Dolly's liquor and prostitution business operated at the light-green house on the right side of the picture.
Ketchikan’s red-light district  known as Creek Street  was built haphazardly on pilings over Ketch...
Ketchikan’s red-light district, known as Creek Street, was built haphazardly on pilings over Ketchikan Creek.
The ancient salmon cannery and saltery no longer exists  but the salmon are still swimming upstream ...
The ancient salmon cannery and saltery no longer exists, but the salmon are still swimming upstream Ketchikan Creek to reproduce and die.
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.
A bridge over the creek s rapids located at the end of Creek Street.
A bridge over the creek's rapids located at the end of Creek Street.
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.
Historic Creek Street is a boardwalk supported by wooden stilts on a high slope mostly on the east b...
Historic Creek Street is a boardwalk supported by wooden stilts on a high slope mostly on the east bank Ketchikan Creek.

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