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August 16, 2004

Front Page Photo by Yeda Hicks

First Ever Gathering of Master Carvers in Alaska
Carvers to be honored in a way that comes from the heart

Phil Jackson helps unload the logs & helps prepare for the carvers...
Front Page Photo by Yeda Hicks



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Ketchikan: First Ever Gathering of Master Carvers in Alaska; Carvers to be honored in a way that comes from the heart by M.C. Kauffman - An event of a historical magnitude will be taking place in Ketchikan this week - a first time ever gathering of master carvers. Throughout the ages, cultural histories have been celebrated and preserved through the masterful hands of the carvers. Now for the first time ever, poles will be carved to honor the totem pole carvers - the preservers of the history.

The background of how this historical event came to take place in Ketchikan is important to the story. According to Ketchikan resident Nyna Fleury, unknown to her at the time the seed that would lead to this week's gathering of what could be more than 100 carvers was first sowed four years ago. At that time, Fleury said she was fortunate to accompany Esther Shay and Willard Jackson to Japan to meet with the Ainu people. Fleury said she learned many things from the Ainu people - people who have a culture similar to the Haida, Tlinglit and Tshimshian people of Southeast Alaska. - More...
Monday - August 16, 2004


Dear Crabby gifDear Crabby: WHEN IN ROME... I want to address those folks in our community that speak a language other than English. I know you're probably not talking about us, and I realize that most of the time it's easier to communicate with your friends and family in your native tongue, but at work, most of your customers find this very rude. - More...
Monday - August 16, 2004

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photosKetchikan's 'Fish House Tessie'; She was proud of the nickname - Not everyone in town knew "Fish House" Tessie, but those who met her never forgot her! During her many years working in Ketchikan's waterfront cold storages, Tessie learned every bit as much about North Pacific fish - from dock to distributor to dinner plate - as any captain of the fisheries industry! She could pitch in at the slime line or stand in for the boss on occasion. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
Wednesday - August 04, 2004

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arrow Alaska's Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history

arrow Ketchikan's American Legionnaires; Here's to 'the boys' of Post #3 -

arrow Ketchikan's Cruise Ship Industry; A light-hearted look at its origins

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arrow A biography of Alaska's herring: A little fish of huge importance...

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