Inside Passage: Wrangell

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.

Chief Shakes' House, Wrangell
Chief Shakes’ House, Wrangell

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.

heron on the rocky shore
heron on the rocky shore

Images are carved into dark, metamorphic rock. This spiral is the best petroglyph I saw.

spiral petroglyph
spiral petroglyph

A quiet day.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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