Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Totems around Town, Ketchikan, AK!

You can’t go to Ketchikan and not see the totems!

The are an integral part of the history of the Tlingit people who first founded this area, living in a land “that has always been”.

Totem poles are monumental sculptures carved from large trees, mostly Western Red Cedar, by cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of North America.

You’d see them here, and there, and sometimes just rotting on the side of a parking lot – the lore goes, when totem pole has lived its life, it is allowed to be absorbed back into the earth.


Poles tell stories of a fascinating people!


Hug a totem day!


This guy was fascinating from all angles…see the orka on his head?


The back of his cape


I almost expect these guys to start talking!


Aren’t they great?


The whole grouping!

These were out in front of the restaurant called the Fox Something .  Cape Fox? Fox Lodge? Can’t remember up up on a hill over looking the bay – this was our view from the window:

Cruise ship just leaving in the distance!

I’ve added the totem photos to a slide show below, because there are many to post.  Click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device.  You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing!

I’m off to teach a Boxy Stars workshop with the Amherst Quilters this morning!  Lecture Tonight!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Mary said...

See you tonight Bonnie !!! Hope you have a great day at class today !!!

JaneB said...

The designs and colors are so amazing. I saw many totems when we visited Victoria B.C. Thank you for sharing these amazing works of art.