We spent the fourth day of our Inside Passage cruise in Wrangell, a quiet town without shops catering to cruise ships. This was our only visit to a port, aside from embarking and disembarking. We saw a tribal house, Alaska Natives dancing, and petroglyphs.
We walked through the town and crossed a bridge to an island with Chief Shakes’ Tribal House, which was renovated in 2013. A man holding a drum emerged to greet us and invite us inside.
This traditional doorway is intentionally low as a defensive measure, so that anyone entering has to bend over and is then vulnerable. Inside a half dozen performers danced accompanied by drums and chanting. Photographs weren’t allowed.
Walking a mile to Petroglyph Beach State Park, we spotting a heron.
Images are carved into dark, metamorphic rock. This spiral is the best petroglyph I saw.
A quiet day.