Photo: Auke Bay totem in 1915

Images from another time

Posted: Friday, March 28, 2003

This photo was taken of R. Waino Hendrickson and L.J. "Sim" MacKinnon in 1915 with a totem in Auke Bay. In 1938 the Civilian Conservation Corps began working with Native foremen to help replicate weathered, damaged and destroyed totems similar to the one in this photo. "One of the goals was to reproduce replicas of the old historic poles and to rededicate their design and meanings and history," said University of Alaska Southeast Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dan Monteith. Monteith said the CCC worked with numerous Native communities in Southeast, including Saxman, Ketchikan, Klawock, Hydaburg, Kasaan, and Wrangell.

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