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... in part, according to a book I read—because the cedar they prefer grows further south. Still, the territorial governor in 1901 rued the disappearing native arts, and he set out to talk some of the local chiefs into donating poles for a park that he would make to preserve and display them. No one quite knows how he did it, but he did. He collected roughly 15 poles, a canoe, and two complete houses, which he promptly shipped to the 1904 Louisiana ...
... Replica totems greet you at every turn making for a fascinating
We stopped by a 200 year old Russian Cemetery where we found
many headstones crafted from the ballasts of Russian sailing vessels.
My fault. I lingered
just a minute and seventeen seconds too long at the cemetery. We just missed seeing the Chicago Blackhawks
win the Stanley Cup.
... were leaving. We’re leaving at 2:00, “How about lunch?” Ok, with us so off we go to meet him downtown. Great lunch, where we again witnessed that indeed, he knows everyone in town. He shared with us his honorary adoption by one on the local Tlinget clans. He has an adopted name and is allowed to participate in their ceremonies.
After lunch we return to the camper to pack up, needed to be at ...
Morning spent hassling around Seattle airport, yo-yoing between the Lufthansa check in counter and United Airlines baggage service desk, sifting through conflicting advice to finally establish by midday that bags would not catch up before our flight to Sitka that afternoon.
... tourism ... not to mention most of the population, is centred.
We stopped overnight and then caught the fast ferry to Sitka. This cat - the MV Fairweather - runs between islands on seemingly narrower and narrower straits - Peril Straits, Deadman Sounds, Point Retreat - great names eh? - between islands big and small till you come into the picturesque harbour of Sitka.
Sitka was the capital of Alaska when Russia owned the place and remained the capital ...