Photographer's Note

Ketchikan, Alaska was the last port of call. Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, and lush island setting.

The totems were Native Americans answered to marble statues in Europe. Don’t believe me. I just made it up. But seriously, the Totemism is an important religious belief to the Native Americans. The totem is usually an animal or other natural figure that spiritually represents a group of related people.

This totem is in Totem Bight State Historical Park. The intent of the carving is to illustrate the mythological conception of thunder. In this case, thunder is created by the beating of the bird's winds, and lightening by the blink of its eyes. This huge bird lives high on the mountain top. The whale at the base of the pole symbolizes the mountain top where the bird rests before devouring his prey.

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