National Geographic : 1940 Oct
Our Air Frontier in Alaska 489 Photograph by Amos Burg From Living Trees Northwest Coast Tribes Made "Family Trees" The totem pole is an Indian's manner of depicting his mythological ancestors. Early travelers along the Alaskan coast found no such elaborate poles, although they noted small carved grave posts. Not until the white man's tools became plentiful did totem-pole art flourish. These stand in Sitka National Monument.