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Traditional canoe in progress at Sitka park

2016-02-29 11.49.23For the next few months carvers will be working at Sitka National Historical Park -- but not on one of the park’s famous totem poles. As part of the National park Service’s centennial, the Sealaska Heritage Institute has commissioned a traditional canoe. The sponsors hope the project allows visitors to look into the past, while the carvers perpetuate this craft into the future.

Museums, attractions gear up for more ships, passengers (+ slideshow)

Four armed, armored figures display Tlingit war gear created by Sitka's Tommy Joseph as part of the Alaska State Museum's "Rainforest Warriors" exhibit. It's one of three Alaska shows tourists will see this season. Click here to watch a slideshow from the exhibit and Kay Field Parker’s “Playing with Lightning.”Alaska’s tour industry expects more people to visit the state this year. More and larger cruise ships are on their way, bringing visitors through Southeast and across the Gulf of Alaska.

Solstice sun

SNHP_tote_feaWhile the Southeastern US was battered by severe Christmas weather, Sitkans enjoyed another day of brief-but-welcome sunlight. This is Mother Earth on Tommy Joseph's Centennial Totem at Sitka National Historical Park. As photographer Hugh Bevan knows, it's one of the best places to catch some late-afternoon rays.