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.
Canada is full of stunning beauty.
From witnessing the Niagara Falls (even if people say it's mainstream), to stopping in your tracks because the views are snow majestic, to taking a step (Que)bec in time while walking the old cobblestone streets.
It’s Feel Good Friday and we got some good news for ya! So which do you want first… the good news… or more good news?
Good news: We’re so excited to announce that we’ve been given the green light to start making totes again! (Back in April, we were deemed non-essential so we had to stop tote production due to the Governor’s COVID orders).
More good news: For the past 3 months, we turned our attention to making face masks for our customers and donating face masks to hospital workers (don't worry, we didn’t go into hibernation mode. If anything, we got busier producing all these face masks).