The Chief Johnson Totem Pole

The Chief Johnson Totem Pole, first carved in 1902, recarved by Israel Shotridge in 1989, Ketchikan, Alaska, a Seeing America video. Gunalchéesh (thank you) to Richard Jackson, clan leader of the Taantʼa kwáan Teikwedí Tlingit, for permitting us to share his clanʼs story.

Additional resources

More about the Chief Johnson Pole from the Living New Deal

The story of the Chief Johnson Pole from the Ketchikan Story Project

Cite this page as: Richard Jackson and Dr. Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank, "The Chief Johnson Totem Pole," in Smarthistory, November 9, 2022, accessed September 21, 2023,