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Totem Bight State Historical Park

Totem Bight State Historical Park

Totem Bight State Historical Park is located about ten miles outside of the town of Ketchikan and offers a unique and educational look into the Tlingit and Haida Indian cultures. The park was created in 1938 as part of a U.S. Forest Service program funded by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Native carvers were brought in to recreate the totems that were badly damaged by time and weather and to salvage those poles that could be restored. They used traditional hand-made tools and used this as an opportunity to educate and train young native artisans.

The park is home to 14 totem poles, each telling their own story, and a replica of a clan house. The clan house, or community house, is similar to those found in other Southeast native villages in the early 19th century. The park is set in a beautiful forested area on the edge of Tongass Narrows and offers interpretive signs, a bookstore and restrooms. Visit the State Park website for more information on Totem Bight State Historical Park.

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