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The largest number of totem poles in Alaska can be found in Ketchikan, which rests on the traditional territory of the Tlingit people. These monumental carvings are representations of the history and culture that preceded the current town’s candy-colored buildings, overlooking the main harbor. Ketchikan is a gateway to the rugged beauty of the North, but the town is full of art and creativity—drawn from the past and boldly modern.

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