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Chief Kyan Totem Pole

 
 
Chief Kyan Totem Pole Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 2, 2009
1. Chief Kyan Totem Pole Marker
Inscription. 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.

Visit Ketchikan’s other totem poles, and the only National Landmark collection of old, original totem poles at Totem Heritage Center, 601 Deermount Street
 
Location. 55° 20.51′ N,
Chief Kyan Totem Pole and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 2, 2009
2. Chief Kyan Totem Pole and Marker
Distant shot, with the marker visible in the background just to the left of the pole.
131° 38.626′ W. Marker is in Ketchikan, Alaska, in Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Marker is on Mission Street. Touch for map. The marker is located in Whale Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ketchikan AK 99901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chief Johnson Totem Pole (within shouting distance of this marker); Creek Street (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line).
 
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.) 
 
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Chief Kyan Totem Pole image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 2, 2009
3. Chief Kyan Totem Pole
Close up shot
Whale Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 2, 2009
4. Whale Park Sign
The pole and marker are located in Whale Park.
Chief Kyan Totem Pole - Original Version image. Click for full size.
circa 1916
5. Chief Kyan Totem Pole - Original Version
Image courtesy US Library of Congress. (Click on image to enlarge.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 539 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 13, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   5. submitted on December 22, 2013. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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