Historic totem pole to be refurbished in Sitka

A popular totem pole in downtown Sitka’s Totem Square is headed for a makeover.  Known as a “shame” pole, it depicts a naked Alexander Baranof, a man who carries a lot of emotional weight in Sitka.  Chief Manager of the Russian American Company in the early 19th century and the first Colonial Governor of Russian America, Baranof also presided over a pivotal battle  between the Russians and the Sitka Tlingit.

Melissa Marconi-Wentzel, KCAW – Sitka