The evidence of Native Alaskans is everywhere in Ketchikan, from a colorfully painted city bus to Chief Johnson’s Totem Pole at the center of town.

Ketchikan boasts the largest number of totem poles in Alaska, a collection that includes recently carved poles and some that are more than 100 years old. The Totem Heritage Center, which offers classes in Native arts, houses a large collection of Native artifacts, including several ancient totem poles, cedar bark baskets, beaded regalia, button robes, and other beautifully hand-crafted works of art.

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  1. Where The Eagle Walks

    Historic walk of downtown Ketchikan & Creek Street. Presentations of Tlingit culture & traditions. Specializing in group tours & presentations. Tours of the Native Village of Saxman. Former Borough Mayor.

  2. Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

    Come discover Alaska's rainforests and explore 20,000 square feet of exhibits showcasing the beauty, diversity, and history of the Tongass National Forest, which encompasses nearly 17 million acres of southeast Alaska.

  3. Totem Heritage Center

    Discover this internationally renowned collection of 19th Century totem poles retrieved from remote Native village sites. Tours, exhibits on Native arts and culture.

  4. The Great Ketchikan Rain Classic

    An annual fundraiser where visitors and locals guess the total rain fall Ketchikan will receive to support local youth programs.

  5. City of Saxman

    Totem Row Park is a wholly unique among Alaska arts experiences, as it offers visitors the opportunity to experience many of the world's finest examples of Alaska Native Carving within the context of a living, breathing Alaska Native community.

  6. Potlatch Park

    Potlatch Totem Park hosts the most visible of native cultures with its authentically built tribal house, walls deeply carved inside and out, giving tribute to the major tribal ancestry of the area.

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