Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905

Alaska totem poles at the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905.

 

City of Portland, (OR) Archives, Alaska totem poles at the Lewis and Clark Exposition, A2004-002, 1905.

 

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8 thoughts on “Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905

  1. In 1905, these totem poles represented the most magnificent, carved pillars in existence. All were old, rare and of great value. The poles came from tribes located on The Prince of Wales Island. The indigenous people here were known as The Tlingits, which means “People of the Tides” and when family members died they were cremated and their remains were placed into a cavity carved in the back of these totem poles. The totems were erected on great occasions for The Tlingits to honor their ancestors. These totems were definitely the highlight of the Government’s Alaska Display. Also note the large war canoe in front of the poles.

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