ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four new totem poles are now standing tall, on display at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.
The recently carved poles were raised this week at the heritage center. One by one during the week, the poles went up to represent one of the four Southeast Alaska Native cultures.
The intricately carved poles are now in the new Southeast village clan house, serving as traditional house posts.
“It's a big difference coming out to see our house post -- it added a whole new light to the inside with each house post raising,” said dance education specialist Marcella Foster. “We had a good celebration all this week, of getting to celebrating each culture, each pole, and eating a lot of really good Native food.”
The official name of the clan house is “The House Far Away from Home.”