After years of dreaming about the Alaskan wilderness, Traveler Erica was able to experience a piece of this totem-lly unique culture for herself and she brought back a piece of it to share with you too...
“Native art in Alaska often features animals—bear, whale, fish, eagles, ravens—who are and were central to the livelihood of the indigenous people. These images are often carved into wood, seal tusks, moose antlers, and other items. They are also drawn or painted on hides, that are used to make musical instruments, clothing, blankets, etc. Very large carvings featuring such images exist in various locations around Alaska. Some are totem poles that illustrate important family or cultural stories."
"Totem poles often served as an illustration of the crest of a particular group or family, identifying the lineage of individual members, as well as the history of the group. Typically, the pole’s meaning can only be understood if one knows the purpose and stories associated with it. These were passed down orally from generation to generation. Totem poles originated in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska, specifically associated with the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples."
"The images on the fabric I selected are derived from totem designs.” —Traveler Erica Stacy
Here’s to putting the 'tote' in 'totem' and to feeling good—because after all, it's Friday!
-Jack & Alley, Co-Founders
Photos: Alaska by Taaluma Traveler Erica Stacy.