Totem Heritage Center

The Totem Heritage Center is a museum operated by the City of Ketchikan in the U.S. state of Alaska.

The Heritage Center houses one of the world's largest collections of unrestored 19th century totem poles. The poles were recovered from uninhabited Tlingit settlements on Village Island and Tongass Island, south of Ketchikan, as well as from the Haida village of Old Kasaan.[2] The Center was founded in 1976 to preserve these totems and act as a cultural center. Sixteen of the museum's thirty-three totem poles are on permanent display, although the rest of the collection is available for research purposes.

The Center also exhibits other Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artifacts and art pieces, including work by world-famous Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson, and renowned Haida weaver Delores Churchill. In addition to functioning as a museum, the Totem Heritage Center preserves and promotes the traditional arts and crafts of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples through a nationally recognized program of art classes and other activities. Classes are held throughout the year, and the museum is open to visitors year-round, with extended hours during the summer.[3]

The location of the Totem Heritage Center was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Alaska Totems in 1971.[1][4]

Totem Heritage Center
Established 1976
Location 601 Deermount Street, Ketchikan, Alaska
Coordinates 55°20′33″N 131°38′03″W / 55.34262°N 131.63409°WCoordinates: 55°20′33″N 131°38′03″W / 55.34262°N 131.63409°W
Collection size 33 totem poles
Director Anita Maxwell

Totem Heritage Center

Alaska Totems
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
Ketchican totem pole 2 stub
Totem Heritage Center is located in Alaska
Totem Heritage Center
Location Between Park Avenue and Deermount Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska
Area 1.68 acres (0.68 ha)
NRHP reference # 71001090[1]
AHRS # KET-001
Added to NRHP June 21, 1971

See also


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Totem Heritage Center". Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  3. ^ "Totem Heritage Center, Hours, Rates, Etc". Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  4. ^ "NRHP nomination for Alaska Totems". National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-05-09. and accompanying photos

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