Ketchikan museum catalogs historic totem pole fragments

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan museum is working to document, catalog and store hundreds of totem pole fragments retrieved decades ago from southeastern Alaska villages.

    Posted Friday, May 13th, 2016 7:22am by Lori James

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan museum is working to document, catalog and store hundreds of totem pole fragments retrieved decades ago from southeastern Alaska villages.

    The Ketchikan Daily News reports the Totem Heritage Center project is being funded by the Rasmuson Foundation. Museum curator Hayley Chambers says the money has provided better storage for the fragments, which range in size from slivers of wood to complete sections of a pole.

    The fragments kept in the center's basement were originally erected in the Haida village of Old Kasaan and Tlingit villages on Tongass and Village islands. Many poles were brought to Ketchikan in 1929 and others remained at the villages, where they were collected from 1969 to 1971.

    The work at the museum will allow carvers and researchers to better examine the pieces.

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