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Totem poles are monumental wooden sculptures originating from the aborigines of the Pacific Northwest regions of America, and one of these regions is Alaska. Did you know that there is a special place in Ketchickan, Alaska where one can marvel at the size and artistic beauty of 15 totem poles? These totem poles are aptly displayed in their natural setting within the protected rainforest known as the Totem Bight State Park.

The Totem Bight State Park is a 33-acre forest that used to be the home of Native Alaskans. When its settlers abandoned it in the 1930?s to find jobs in other communities, they left a number of totem poles to rot in the site. Architect Linn Forrest, together with hired Native Alaskans restored and reproduced the poles as a Civilian Conservation Corps project. In October 27, 1970, the state park made the National Register of Historic Places.
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