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Clan House Tours:
A Haida family owned and operated tour company in beautiful Ketchikan Alaska. We specialize in a private, ( no more than 10 people) VIP tour starting at Totem Bight Historical Park.
Our Alaska Native and local tour guides have been raised in the traditional lifestyle of Southeast Alaska. Fishing and harvesting edible and medicinal plants since their early years as our people have done since time immemorial.
We specialize in a small VIP tours, of 10 people or less. Starting at Totem Bight Historical Park. We tour the Clan House and Totem
Poles and hear stories a legendary chiefs 'strength with other totem stories and meanings. Then back in the van and venturing out to the rainforest creek trail. There you will find and will learn about the unique eco system of the Tongass. How to safely remove the thorns and bark from devils club and identify many other berries edibles and medicinal plants of the Tongass.
It’s is our desire to enrich your vacation experience by providing a cultural and memorable adventure. With a glimpse of yesteryears and our traditional rainforest medicine cabinet in the Tongass Nation Forest.
With the growth of non-Native settlements in Southeast Alaska in the early 1900's, and the decline of a barter economy, Natives moved to communities where work was available. The villages and totem poles they left behind were soon overgrown by forests and eroded by weather. In 1938 the U.S. Forest Services began a program aimed at salvaging and reconstructing these large cedar monuments. By using Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) funds to hire skilled carvers from among the older Natives, two things took place: young artisans learned the art of carving totem poles, and totems which had been left to rot in the woods were either repaired or duplicated. By the time World War II slowed down the CCC project, the community house and 15 poles were in place. The name of the site was then changed to Totem Bight. At statehood in 1959, title to the land passed from the federal government to the State of Alaska, and the site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. At that time it came under the management of the State Department of Natural Resources for continuing historic preservation treatment by the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
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For small group tours, we can customize an itinerary to emphasize your interests. If you have a special request, send us a message, and we will be sure to get back to you soon.
N Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA