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Address: Ketchikan, AK
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Strolling through town there are many to take in

Can you tell which is the raven? Each totem tells a story and is unique. Read about the history and the meaning. You may be surprised and glad you did.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Robert H
Elverta, United States
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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cool to see a totem pole up close and very near the entrance to Creek Street if you are headed there.

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Elverta, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Can you tell which is the raven? Each totem tells a story and is unique. Read about the history and the meaning. You may be surprised and glad you did.

Thank Robert H
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

As I understand it, this is a replica of the original Chief Johnson totem, which now resides in the Totem Heritage Center. Nevertheless, this replica is impressive, being very tall (55 feet), and located in town, just near the walkway to Creek Street. The figure at the top of the pole is a Kadjuk bird.

Thank Roobydoo5
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

One of many interesting totem poles throughout the town. This one is not your typical design in that it has a long unfinished area above leading up to the "bird" flying overhead.

Thank Cheese4ever
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

this totem pole has a plaque which explains what you are looking at. It is located right before you enter creek shopping area.

Thank Colorado2Connection
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

There are a lot of Totem poles located throughout town. Many have self interpretive signs that explain the significance of the totem. This particular totem is surrounded by a small park with gorgeous flowers.

Thank Sonya D
Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was actually one of several totem poles that we saw right in the town of Ketchikan. The history of totems is interesting and I suggest getting the visitor center map so that you can learn where they all are.

Thank MommyTess
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ketchikan has always boasted an amazing collection of art right down town. Native carvings about and this totem is another beautiful example. Located near Creek Street it is an easy walk from the cruise ship docks. On the way you will probably pass by the Chief Kian pole. Another stunning example of totem art.

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Machias, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is such a beautiful totem pole -- very nicely preserved. I liked the fact that it is so centrally located in Ketchikan. I also liked their label copy -- it is very easy reading and one can read about all the animals that are carved into the totem pole and then easily find their location on the pole. We... More 

Thank Annie F
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We saw this tall totem pole near Creek Street while walking around Ketchikan from our cruise ship. It is also known as the Kadjuk Pole and is 55 feet tall. It is a replica of the original one which is being restored. It is one of many totem poles you can see in Ketchikan. Make sure you read the nearby... More 

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