Most totem poles are carved on one side, but this one is carved on both. They’re calling it a 3-D totem pole, and it’s a lot more work.
Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska have carved wood paddles and other works of art using tools and methods developed over thousands of years. But that’s not to say this art form is incompatible with new technology.
Every Friday, after a week of lessons in math, history and science in front of whiteboards, the students of Sitka’s Pacific High School trek beyond the four walls of their classrooms to Sitka National Historical Park.
Alison Marks is one of only a handful of Native women who carve totem poles. Her artwork often blends traditional Tlingit culture and design with modern ideas.
A $3 million dollar Tlingit tribal house is being constructed on the shore of Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay–likely the first time the park service has funded a tribal house.
A virtual gallery of art from Celebration 2012 that’s now on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.