Master carver Tommy Joseph, left, works on the Hoshino Michio totem pole with his son Joe, 15, on Friday at the Sitka National Historical Park in Sitka. Rain, insects and time have taken a toll on the lofty poles from the Totem Bight State Park. Inches under their painted surfaces, rot is eating many of the approximately 60-year-old poles from the inside out. On the top and bottom, moss and other vegetation has taken root.
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