The Totem Heritage Center — Ketchikan

The walk from the ship to the Totem Heritage Center was quite easy. The admission charge was certainly reasonable (Adults: $4; 12 and under: free).
Lone totem outside the Totem Heritage CenterEstablished in 1976, the Center was created to preserve endangered 19th-century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan. Magnificent, original poles, are displayed at the Center, along with Native Alaskan artifacts.
Totem poles symbolize a bygone age in southeast Alaska, now preserved by the Center. Totems have become a valued art form and a symbol of pride and tradition for both the native and non-native people of the Pacific Northwest. Poles here are the real deal, collected from vacant nearby villages. This place preserves and displays approximately 33 totem poles: seven to nine are standing; the rest are laying down in big displays you can approach closely. There's a guide who describes the poles, construction techniques, and messages.
Also on display are This collection of seven Tlingit face masks
presents a more contemporary style of mask.
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contemporary and traditional face masks
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in full dress, inside a whale house.
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old photographs
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The eight of us spent nearly 45 minutes at the Center, which was enough time to read the information about the displayed items. The place was pretty empty when we toured it. After our Center tour, we walked to the nearby fish hatchery and eagle center, located across City Park's meadow.


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