Celebrating the heritage of the first Alaskans
Native art and cultural influences abound in Ketchikan, Three indigenous Pacific Northwest Indian tribes- the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian, lived, traveled and traded extensively throughout Northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.
Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles, which can be viewed at public facilities such as Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight State Park and the Totem Heritage Center. Totems can also be viewed at other public locations around town, and even in front of local residences.
Traditional Native dance performances are scheduled regularly at the Saxman Tribal House, and the Totem Bight clan house.
Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, carvers and their apprentices can be viewed sculpting poles, canoes, paddles and masks in Saxman. Totem Bight and some local art galleries also host artists practicing their craft. The Totem Heritage Center hosts a variety of classes that teach traditional arts and craft methods.
The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center houses examples of totem poles, native basketry and other crafts as well as a traditional Native fish camp exhibit.