Saturday afternoon we went to the Sitka National Historical Park better known as "Totem Pole Park". After spending time in the visitor center and seeing the film, we wandered the trails of the park looking at the different totem poles. Several of the original totem poles are on display in the visitor center to protect them from the weather and preserve them. The totem poles we saw throughout the park are a mixture of original totems and reproductions. As you came to each pole, you could dial a number on your cell phone to get its history. Technology:) We walked by most of the 15 or so totem poles in the park. A bear was spotted in the park the day before we were here but we didn't see it.
|Listening to the facts via cell phone!|
|Just the very top of a totem pole.|
Sitka trivia: Sitka was the location where the treaty between Russia and the United States was signed for the purchase of Alaska. The United States paid about .02 an acre for the Alaskan Territory. The Russians were very proud of the deal but in the US it became known as "Seward's Folly" for the outrageous amount the US paid. Wonder what they think of that deal now?