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Totem Pole Restoration Project  -  Related Materials
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Visit the Library for More Information:

Alaska's libraries inclue audio, visual, and written material about the totem poles of Southeast and the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:

  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window. Go to the Keyword field and type in ALASKA TOTEMS.

More Reading:

Balcom, Mary Gilmore. Ketchikan, Alaska's Totemland. Chicago, Adams Press, 1961.

Clark, Ella E. Indian Legends of the Pacific Northwest. University of California Press, 1958.

Garfield, Viola E. and Linn A. Forest. The Wolf and the Raven: Totem Poles of Southeastern Alaska. Revised edition. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1961. Original hardcover, 1948.

Jonaitis, Aldona. "Totem Poles and the Indian New Deal," The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, IX 2, (1989):237-252.

Keithann, Edward L. Monuments in Cedar. Second edition. Seattle, Wash.: Superior Publishing Co., 1963. Originally published 1945.

Knapp, Marilyn, Mary P. Meyer, and Susan F. Edelstein. Carved History: A Totem Guide to Sitka National Historical Park. Anchorage, Alaska: Alaska Natural History Association, 1995.

Langdon, Steve J. The Native People of Alaska. 4th edition. Homer, Alaska: Wizard Works, 2002.

Lewis, James G. The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History.
The companion book to the documentary The Greatest Good. Published by Forest History Society, 2006.

Stewart, Hilary. Looking at Totem Poles. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1993.

Wright, Robin K. Northern Haida Master Carvers. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001.

Archival Materials:

U.S. Forest Service, Civilian Conservation Corps Projects, Southeast Alaska Communities, Glaciers, White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad. John H. Brillhart, Photographer, 1939-1951. Alaska State Library. Images include 228 black-and-white photoprints, some color, depicting U.S. Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps activities and projects in Southeast Alaska from 1939 through 1951.

Post Cards, Sheri Trask, 1900-1945. University of Alaska Anchorage. The collection contains historic Alaskan postcards collected by Sheri Trask, as well as a copy of the collection. The postcards depict Alaska Natives, totems, ships and boats, buildings, scenery, and towns.

Julia W. Weber Collection, 1890-1910. University of Alaska Anchorage. The collection consists of a transcript of Myrtle Ryan's diary and an album, given to Julia Weber by Dorothy Boche, containing 109 photographs and postcards. The diary (1900-1901) relates Myrtle Ryan's travel to Alaska, her Klondike trip, and her daily life in Nome. The photographs (ca. 1890-1910) depict villages in southeast Alaska, totems, boats, and various people.


Dunsky, Steven and David Steinke. The Greatest Good. Seattle: KCTS Television, 2006. Two-DVD set, approximately two hours. In 1905, 63 million acres of public lands were transferred from the Department of the Interior to the control of the Department of Agriculture and Gifford Pinchot. During a time of well-documented land fraud and poor management by the U.S. government, Pinchot spent years battling, campaigning and persuading, to achieve his goal of responsible forestry and conservation. The Greatest Good shows the history of the U.S. Forest Service and its myriad conflicts, tragedies and triumphs. From the publication of A Primer of Forestry by Pinchot in 1899, through the 100-year history and many incarnations of the Forest Service, this program tells a story that is complex, compelling, and uniquely American.

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