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As a kid I was always fascinated by totem poles, but I never actually saw a real one until I was at least 30. The highlight of my stay in Ketchikan was my trip to Totem Bight State Park (the word "bight" refers to a tiny bit of land that juts out into the ocean). The park itself is quite small, but houses a huge number of authentic totem poles created by artists from the Tlingit and Haida people. The park was created by the government following World War II as both a way to help unemployed native war veterans get back on their feet and to preserve the ancient art of pole carving.
The park also features an authentic Tlingit clan house which is open to visitors and still sometimes used by native tribes in the area for celebrations and ceremonies.
The park's location, right on the sea, is also stunningly beautiful. It has a gift shop and a small book store on its grounds, both staffed by park rangers who are great at answering questions.
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