Totem Tales of Old
1] This cultural experience takes place solely in Southeast
Alaska, beginning in Ketchikan, home of the world’s
largest collection of totem poles. Take a scheduled tour to
Saxman Village, three miles south of Ketchikan. Rent a
car or take a scheduled tour to Totem Bight Park, about 12
miles north of Ketchikan. The park is a replica of villages
from an earlier time, when totems soared over the treetops.
Don’t miss what some call the "the heartbeat of this
land of cedar treasures," Ketchikan’s Totem Heritage
Center, which has 33 original totems, and is just a short
walk from the cruise ship pier downtown.
2] A quick flight or leisurely cruise aboard the ferry northward will land travelers in another
totem paradise, Wrangell. Walk one mile south of the ferry terminal to the Chief Shakes
Totem Park. The park contains replicas of original totems, which have deteriorated over
time. The beautiful replicas were carved by the people of the community and, in 1987, were
raised with great ceremony in the new totem park at Chief Shakes Island.
3] Continue north via ferry or floatplane to Sitka, once the capital of Alaska under Russian
ownership. The 100-acre Sitka National Historical Park is home to 18 totem poles. Take a
five-minute walk to the park from downtown or a scheduled city bus tour, which stops at the
park. The two-mile walk though the totem forest is an unforgettable experience
Totem pole in Ketchikan