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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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  • August 13, 2017
    We stopped here briefly on our tour of Ketchikan. Saw many totems throughout our trips to Canada and Alaska so these were pretty standard. The lodge however at this site was unique from other sites an...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We visited several totem parks, clan houses, and native Alaskan cultural venues during our trip to Alaska. In Ketchikan, we preferred the Saxman Native Village.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This was booked through Celebrity shore excursions. There were only replica totem poles and a clan house. No indigenous people to be seen or heard. The carving shed had no one carving, no carving tool...  more »

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