Totem Park

13 03 2010

Sitka has a National Park that celebrates the Tlingit and Haida Cultures by preserving their culture, in particular as it relates to Totems.

A walk through any of the pathways will bring you up close to some of these impressive carvings.

As part of this support, the park provides for native carvers an area for them to practice their art. I met one such carver during a medevac flight. Jessie Daniels invited me to come see some of the work he had in progress and to see some of the other carvers and their art.
Here is Jessie and a crossbow he is completing:

A closeup of the bow:

Here is another carver, Tommy Joseph, who is well celebrated within this art for his great abilities. He was working on a totem pole commissioned by the census bureau to commemorate the start of the 2010 census count.

Some of his tools:

And these are some of the carvings recently completed and now being displayed:


After viewing the carvers, the displays and some of the exhibits, we took a walk along the paths that meandered by the shore, enjoying the view from the beach at low tide:

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2 responses

14 03 2010
seekraz

What interesting and beautiful art-work. I hope they’re sharing it with their children. It would be incredibly sad for something like this to be lost with the passing of time.

And still with the wonderful pictures…mountains, water, snow…gorgeous.

Thank you, Sir.

19 03 2010
Karen G

Really nice craftsmen carving – love it!

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