Totem Poles

A Totem Pole surrounded by snow. Behind the pole there are trees to the right and a sunset on the ocean on the left.
The Yaadaas Crest Pole on a wintery evening at sunset.

NPS Photo/ Cinnamon Dockham

The park's visitor center and trails contain several different types of poles:

  • House posts, which were carved as support poles of Tlingit and Haida houses;
  • Frontal poles, which were placed against or near the front of a house; and
  • Detached poles, which were place anywhere in or near villages.

They generally convey the ancestry (crest poles) or history (history poles) of a particular clan, folklore or real-life experiences (legend poles), or commemorate a person of importance (memorial/mortuary poles).

Learn more about the history of poles in the park on these pages:


Poles along the Totem Trail

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    Last updated: December 17, 2021

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