Not long ago totem pole carving in Southeast Alaska was in a state of decay. No new poles were being carved and traditions were fading. In 1938, the US Forest Service began salvaging totem poles in abandoned villages across Southeast Alaska. Native carvers were hired to either repair or reproduce the old poles. The project at Totem Bight sought to simultaneously support the carving tradition as elders taught and supervised a team of carvers working to create a model village and inform visitors about the region's first people.
Silent Storytellers of Totem Bight State Historical Park includes the history of the park's origins. Each of the 14 totem poles and clan house are described and illustrated, including a sampling of their Native legends and stories. Learn how to interpret the carvings and take a look at today's master carvers in this unique window into a fascinating cultural history of Southeast Alaska.
Silent Storytellers has won first place in the Site Publication category of the National Association for Interpretation Media Competition.
Publisher: Alaska Geographic 1st edition, 2009 68 pages Size: 10 x 6 Product type: Book ISBN 978-0-930931-97-1
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""Enhanced appreciation of a national treasure" - D" - December 08, 2009 There was so much to take in during my visit that I wanted an account to help me remember. Now I have history and story to put with photos from my visit. This beautiful book honors both culture and carvers."Bought this in preparation of Alaska visit" - July 28, 2009 I just received the book in the mail. Now I can't wait to see Totem Bight for real next year! I nice book with great photos and drawings of the poles. The stories and legends behind the carvings are especially interesting.You must log in before writing a review
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