Posts Tagged ‘totem pole’

Southeast Alaska Day 21 – Sitka

Virgin Mother of God, painting, St Michaels Cathedral, Sitka, Alaska

July 19, 2012 Today we toured through Sitka, Alaska, first visiting the Russian Orthodox St. Michael’s Cathedral located right smack in the middle of Lincoln Street.  It was interesting to learn about Orthdox Christianity, such as its split with what became the Catholic church after the Orthodox rejected the idea of centralizing power with the […]


Southeast Alaska Day 20 – Sitka National Historical Park

Totem pole, Sitka National Historic Park, Sitka, Alaska

July 18, 2012 Motoring along at top speeds just a little over 40 miles per hour, the catamaran Fairweather whisked us from Juneau to Sitka in just over four hours.  This is one of Alaska Marine Highway System’s newest, fastest and most maneuverable car ferry, perfect for navigating the narrow waters of Peril, Neva and […]


Southeast Alaska Day 5 – Totem Bight State Historical Park

Thunderer's Pole, Totem Bight State Historical Park, Ketchikan, Alaska

July 3, 2012 Totem Bight State Historical Park makes for a fascinating half-day excursion from downtown Ketchikan, Alaska.  Started in 1938, the Civilian Conservation Corps hired local Native carvers to duplicate original totem poles that were eroding away in abandoned villages.  New poles were carved right next to the originals, which were brought in from […]


Southeast Alaska Day 3 – A Rainy Day in Ketchikan

Detail on Raven Stealing the Sun totem pole

July 1, 2012 Our ferry arrived in Ketchikan at 7:30am to light rain, and dropped off bags at the New York Hotel lobby on Creek Street.  From here, we found a quick hot oatmeal breakfast at the 50’s-styled Pioneer Café. Next, we visited the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, with a scenic film about Southeast Alaska, […]