ALASKAN CRUISE 2016 PART 3 – JUNEAU, SALMON STALKING IN KETCHIKAN
This is the third part of my DSLR photographs from my family’s Alaska trip this past September. Part 1! Part 2! Most of these pics are from port. We visited another “historic” saloon, watched salmon swim upstream in Ketchikan, and visited the Totem Heritage Center.
So, in part 2 we just left the Mendenhall Glacier, time for some lunch at the Red Dog Saloon
This hotel was built the year after Alaska became a territory of the US. And now it’s the oldest operating hotel in Alaska. We didn’t stay there, but just popped in and looked around.
These totem poles (and more in sensitive atmosphere-controlled cases) were moved from Tlingit villages on Tongass Island and Village Island. Native elders gave the state permission to retrieve and study the poles.
There were a lot of great photographs near the delicate poles that show the context of where they were originally placed. Traditionally, totem poles were carved to honor important individuals, commemorate significant events, and to proclaim the lineage and social standing of their owners.
Passed through this area with historic markers everywhere. This green building was a Japanese grocer (and eventually home to a sneaky gambling hall). In 1942, his family was sent to an internment camp during WW2 (as were all the Japanese families in the community).
And that’s it for my DSLR photos of Alaska! Going to resume catching up on weekly photos! ❤
Much love friends.