Juneau, the Inside Passage, and Southeast Alaska Travel Guide

Juneau, the Inside Passage, and Southeast Alaska Sights

Totem Bight State Historical Park

  • Native American Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 10/26/2015

Fodor's Review

About a quarter of the Ketchikan bus tours include this park that contains many totem poles and has a hand-hewn Native clan house. Totem Bight sits on a scenic spit of land facing the waters of Tongass Narrows. Master Native carvers crafted the first replica poles here as part of a U.S. Forest Services program that began in the late 1930s. The tools the carvers used were handmade in the Native style, and modern paints were used to re-create colors originally made using natural substances from clamshells to lichen. The clan house, open daily in summer, was built to resemble a type that might have held several related families. Note the raven painting on the front: each eye contains a small face.

Sight Information


N. Tongass Hwy., about 10 miles north of town, Ketchikan, Alaska, 99901, USA



Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily dawn–dusk

Published 10/26/2015


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