Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Totem Bight State Historical Park


The park is the site of a traditional fishing camp on the edge of the Tongass Narrows.


A bight is a shallow bay that looks like a giant creature took a bite out of it.  It protects villages from fierce weather.


The clan house was carved beginning in 1938 by Natives working with traditional tools.




7 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Loran, what a neat place... Those people up there are so talented.. I love seeing all of the carvings... WOW!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Gaelyn said...

Did you have to trade the ship in for a canoe to get to this beautiful bight? The clan house is awesome.

JOE TODD said...

What a neat place and to be there in person. Oh My

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very interesting place. We don't have too many bights in Oklahoma.

Janie said...

The carvings and clan house are fascinating. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

Arija said...

I love all the beautiful totems and carvings. we had a little eagle totem thai the Prof. brought back from Hudson Bay with squaw chewing gum, both of which I loved.

katney said...

I must keep this in mind the next time we decide to do an Alaska cruise. We had a great time three years ago kayaking out of Ketchikan, but the snorkeling we did last fall left a lot to be desired--basically becasue of lack of instruction--we got to sit on the shore and watch.