The Totem Heritage Center was established
in 1976 to preserve endangered 19th century
totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit
and Haida village sites near Ketchikan. Those
magnificent, original poles are displayed at
the Center in conjunction with other totems
and Native Alaskan artifacts.
In addition to
functioning as a museum, the Totem Heritage
Center also preserves and promotes the traditional
arts and crafts of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian
cultures through a nationally-recognized program
of Native Arts classes and other activities.