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Potlatch Totem Park, Ketchikan

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Potlatch Totem Park hosts the most visible of native cultures with its authentically built tribal house, walls deeply carved inside and out, giving tribute to the major tribal ancestry of the area. Here you will look upon Raven, Eagle, Thunderbird, decked-out in cedar regalia, Wolves and Killer Whales. Not to mention the majestic 42' totem pole honoring Raven, who released the sun into the world.

Peer into one of the tribal homes to see the diorama of how Native Alaskans actually lived in the 1800s. You can then take a walk up to the Carving Center where you can view the carving in action! You'll even get a chance to meet one of the resident carvers and talk with them about the art.
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  • We had seen many pictures of Totem Poles, but never knew the story behind the poles. Each pole has a different story.Some stories cannot be believed. Also each pole is carved out of one whole bark of ...  more »
  • We visited Potlatch Park as part of a totem and wildlife tour. Jack our guide was a First Nations person and was great at explaining the meanings of the Totem poles and how and when they were carved. ...  more »
  • Family operated Totem Park. Visited with guide who gave clear information about the story of the various totem poles... Also ' Clanhouse ' to visit.
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  • Our tour guide was great and the totem poles and the stories were interesting. Seeing the array of poles there and the history of each pole was interesting. The clan house and the related stories was something you could get your head around picturing 60 to 80 individuals in the clan house and the central fire pit; as well as the story of the children being responsible for keeping the fire going. Good visit worth the price.
  • This is an amazing place to visit, especially after being on a cruise ship for 5 days. The flora and fauna are breathtaking and they give an amazing glimpse into the climate here in Ketchikan, my favorite stop in Alaska. The totem poles tell a story, each and every one, some describe a beginning and some an end, and there are no inanimate carvings, only humans and animals, and spirit animals. It is a place to breathe deep and realize just how small yet significant man is on this planet. It is a wonder to imagine teachings and folklore from years before us, and to ponder what it will take to preserve the past. Please visit this humble yet proud place, it is truly remarkable.
  • This is clearly a must see in this area. The park is extremely well maintained on a beautiful setting near the water. The poles are majestic with great colors and carved with lovely craftsmanship. There are multiple reader boards explaining the history and reasoning for the different shaped poles. Take the short ride from town and visit this one of a kind park.
  • Short but nice little park. Beautiful little walk. Nice totem poles. Worth it. I took the LOCAL bus there from a cruise ship instead of paying 80 bucks on the cruise ship. It cost me 2dollars and5.00 to get in.
  • Far from terminal and not much to see. New in effect as of Aug 2019 is an entrance fee of $5 per person. About 15 totem poles, a tribal house and a restoration area. Can do casual walk through in 45 min. Couple of small openings to the shore that was interesting. If you are on a cruise and time is critical, watch your time. Bus to and from terminal comes once an hour and is $2 person each way (20 min). Total travel 1hr. For the travel time, the entrance fee and it's small site, you really need to be a history enthusiest to make the trek here.
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