Learn native carving

Get hands-on experience trying out different tools and carving techniques on a variety of woods as a skillful artisan teaches you to appreciate the skill and workmanship that goes into this craft. Early native Alaskans were master carvers and this art form has been part of their culture for hundreds of years. Totem poles were carved to tell myths and legends and to celebrate life events such as births, marriages and deaths. You can find the world’s largest collection of more than 80 totem poles in Ketchikan, Alaska. Carvings are also seen on canoes, tools, masks and screens used to divide living areas in homes. Maybe you will learn enough carving skills to someday make your very own, miniature version of a totem pole.