Friday, November 27, 2009

Fogwoman Totem Pole, Alaska


Fogwoman - the most popular of all totempoles, stands watching over beautiful Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan, Alaska.

postmarked in 1995 with a USA flag stamp

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The legend of Fogwoman:
According to the native Tlinglit and Haida people, Raven wanted to marry Fogwoman. Her father made him promise to treat her well, which he did. To honor Raven, Fogwoman created the salmon in the rivers so he would have something good to fish for. Then Raven began treating Fogwoman badly and she slipped through his fingers like wisps of fog, taking all of the salmon with her. Later Fogwoman took pity on Raven and allowed the salmon to return once a year.

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