Totem poles near Ketchikan Creek reach for the sky while held by Alaskan soil.
Native American wood carvers have created massive ravens, the bird’s large eyes frame its protruding beak. Above and below it fabled characters protect the surrounding kingdom. This community of bears and salmon, eagles and whales, and the clever human beings are looked after. Each symbol holds the myths of the Native peoples, each carved into the tree giants. Totem poles, both thick and tall, preserve their legends in wood.
It is believed that artists carry the stories of their people into the future.
In the Southwest the ancient stories were chipped into stone. In Alaska, the ancient stories are carved, then painted on wood, into totems. Images rich in meaning—messengers—for each new generation to understand and appreciate its culture.
Nature photographers also carry forth stories.
We can preserve unbridled wonder for the magnificence of the wilderness through our photos. We can travel and then share the story of ancient landscapes. The photo I offer here exemplifies how Alaska boldly shared with us an array of moments both delicate and forceful.
Alaska is a holistic land that lives within the chaotic world. So many stories.