The Alaskan native culture is one of the reasons why taking a cruise ship to Alaska is an unforgettable experience. Alaskan visitors, who are able to get up-close to Alaskan flora and fauna, also have a chance to visit such cultural attractions as the totems of Ketchikan and the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.
Choosing a cruise is always a good ide when you are taking a trip to the great land up north, Alaska. Not only does a visit to Alaska give you the opportunity to watch the whales and take in the glacial landscape, it also broadens you horizons culturally.
A Visit to Ketchikan
Therefore, an Alaska cruise vacation is just the antidote needed to break from one’s everyday routine and take an excursion that will not only be memorable but will provide a learning experience as well. One of the trips that visitors on cruise ships take is a visit to the Totems of Ketchikan. In fact Ketchikan is a city that features over 80 totem poles. Therefore, if you want to see a totem pole, you will have plenty of opportunity to do so.
Disembarking in Ketchikan
In fact, if your cruise ship disembarks you at Dock 3 in Ketchikan, you will get to see an Eagle style totem pole that was created by local Nathan Jackson. The theme for the pole is appropriate as the city’s name, “Ketchikan,” originates, it is believed, from the Tlingit word, “Kitschk-Hin,” which, when translated, means “Thundering Wings of the Eagle.” This is also the ideal location to take a photo with your cruise ship featured in the background.
Whale Park’s Chief Kyan Totem Pole
Another totem pole of interests rests in Ketchikan’s Whale Park. The Chief Kyan Totem pole features three prominent figures. At the top of the pole, a crane depicts the Chief’s wife while the thunderbird in the middle is a representation of the clan of the Chief’s wife. The family crest for Chief Kyan’s family has been carved in the form of a bear at the bottom of the pole.
Visiting Anchorage: An Introduction to Native American Culture
The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage offers cruise ship visitors and local residents a chance to experience the customs and traditions of the North’s Native Americans. Presentations of Native American stories and a variety of displays allow center participants to indoctrinate themselves with Native traditions and customs. This is a good place to get acquainted with Alaskan native culture and history.
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