Friday, November 20, 2009

PFF : Totems of Alaska


Today is another PFF day !

Giant cedar storytellers ... the totem poles of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Indians....rise high above the forest floor of Southeast Alaska. Divided into two clans, the Eagle and the Raven, the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian usually erected totems as part of potlatch celebrations and most often commissioned artist of the opposite clan to carve them. Totel poles generally fall into one of four groups : crest poles record a family's ancestry ; history poles chronicle the story of a clan ; legend poles illustrate folklore or real experiences ; and memorial poles honor individuals.





14 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

Lay Hoon, beautiful colors of your postcard! thanks for sharing! Happy PFF! :)

Postcardy said...

That's a great postcard. I've always liked totem poles, but I didn't know there were all those different kinds.

postcardparadise said...

Lay Hoon, these are some very unusual and interesting totem poles.
Thanks!

MrCachet said...

I've seen a REAL Totem, but it was in an art gallery in Seattle.

viridian said...

wow, thanks for sharing. Happy PFF.

Bob of Holland said...

Fantastic totems. I've never been in Alaska, but once I visited a native-American museum in Vancouver with equally impressive totems and masks. greetings from Amsterdam.

Marie Reed said...

I'm ooohing and ahhing. I have an uncle who is a mailman in Alaska. Loving letters runs in the family:)

Beth Niquette said...

How wonderful! Someday I'm going to visit Alaska.

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy PFF!

Snap said...

Beautiful! I love the see photos of totems from Alaska. Lovely card. Makes me want to go to Alaska!

Mary said...

The totems are very majestic, and the card represents them well. Happy PFF!

AnitaNH said...

Wonderful carvings. There's a totem pole beside the road in Wolfeboro, NH and I love driving by it. Happy PFF!

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Sheila said...

What a lovely card to have. I've yet to be sent one from Alaska.

twobarkingdogs said...

Wonderful postcard, thanks for sharing! Makes me want to visit Alaska right this very minute!