Ketchikan in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska — Northwest
Chief Kyan Totem Pole
Totem poles are carved to honor deceased ancestors record history, social events, and oral tradition. They were never worshipped as religious objects.
This totem is the second replication of the Chief Kyan Totem Pole. The original pole was carved in Ketchikan in the early part of the century and stood n Barney Way until the late 1920’s, when it was moved to the Pioneer Hall. In 1964, the aged pole was removed and replicated for the first time. This second replication was commissioned by the City of Ketchikan, to Tlingit master carver Israel Shotridge, who is a member of the Tongass Tribe. The pole was carved during the summer of 1992, with the assistance of apprentice Edwin DeWitt. Rededication and poleraising was July 3, 1993.
The figures on the pole represent the Crane, the Thunderbird and the Brown Bear. The original pole belonged to Tongass Tlingit Chief George Kyan whose Brown Bear crest can be seen on the pole. Chief Kyan’s Tlingit name was Yaansein. He was of the Wolf clan and was a member of the Tantakwaan tribe. Text approved by Tongass Tribe.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Arts, Letters, Music • Churches & Religion • Native Americans.
Location. 55° 20.51′ N, 131° 38.626′ W. Marker is in Ketchikan, Alaska, in Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Marker is on Mission Street. The marker is located in Whale Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ketchikan AK 99901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief Johnson Totem Pole (within shouting distance of this marker); 20 Creek Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Creek Street (about 600 feet away); Dolly's House (about 600 feet away).
Also see . . . Totem Poles located in downtown Ketchikan Alaska. Experience Ketchikan.com's website on the totem poles in Ketchikan, including the Chief Kyan totem pole: ...The Chief Kyan Totem pole is a lineage pole and has three figures. The Crane, at the top, represents Chief Kyan's wife, the next figure is a Thunderbird, Chief Kyan's wife's clan, and the Bear at the bottom is Chief Kyan's family crest…. (Submitted on December 22, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 717 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5. submitted on December 22, 2013. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.