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Native Culture

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.


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Cape Fox Lodge

Service: A 100 year old Native Art Collection
Cost: N/A
Hours: Open Daily
Availability: Year Round Display

The Cape Fox Lodge & Convention Center
800 Venetia Way
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Phone: (907) 225-8001
Fax: (907) 225-8286
Toll Free: (866) 225-8001
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Website: http://www.capefoxlodge.com

We're above it all-The Cape Fox Lodge & Convention Center

Come visit the priceless artifact collection housed in the lobby of The Cape Fox Lodge. Gathered over 100 years, The Cape Fox Collection is one of the finest examples of Northwest Coast Native Art.

View the “Council of the Clans” Totem Circle created and carved by Lee Wallace, a Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian native Alaskan, in front of the lodge. This totem circle is another example of the culture expressed by the Northwest Coastal people.