|Approaching the shore of this little |
island, you could still see a pathway
created by removing rocks to allow the
large canoes to be more easily beached.
|The cutout at the top of the pole would|
have held a grave box full of bones of a
deceased leader of this clan. The front
pole appears to be Raven, the back one--
fronted by these awesome totem poles, and who traveled across hundreds of miles of open water in thirty-foot long cedar canoes on slave raids.
Their abandoned villages are now a World Heritage Site, with no camping, visits limited to reservations, and then only if you have a native guide. Back in our day, however, all it took was the money to hire a float plane to drop us off fifty miles by sea from the nearest small town.
By 1880 the incidence of smallpox deaths had become so great that the village was abandoned.
I recently found these pictures in a box of memorabilia I was organizing. I took a digital photo of each picture and processed them in Adobe Lightroom using a preset I had created for its dramatic qualities.