In a white, igloo-shaped pavilion the 49th state has reconstructed a sample 11-minute "day" in the North country, using small-scale figures on a topographical map. Three 30-foot totem poles, originally carved by Indians for the St. Louis Fair of 1904, are in front of the building. Eskimo and Indian craftsmen are at work behind the pavilion.
|This view of the Alaska pavilion shows that it was actually a number of different structures. The white igloo-like building housed a mixture of shops and displays. There was more to see in the structures behind that building, including demonstrations of totem pole carving. The long narrow building housed a snack bar. The three circular structures in the top left corner are part of the Westinghouse pavilion. (CD #8 Set 40 #9)|
|Fishes and Dams.
In the igloo's second story is a theater with a 32-square-foot topographical
model of Alaska. During a narration, portions of the model light up, and the
dome becomes a planetarium portraying the skies over Alaska. Slides depict
the state's industries and people at work. The show ends with a colorful
display of simulated northern lights.
Many of the displays promoted the abundant wildlife of the 49th state. (CD #11 Set 60 #26)
In the area behind the pavilion Indian and Eskimo craftsmen make carvings in
wood and ivory. Fur parkas, mukluks and other Alaskan items are displayed,
and a shop sells such delicacies as sourdough sauce.
The displays also included a collection of furs to showcase another important Alaskan industry. (CD #15 Set 74 #21)
|The totem poles outside the Alaska pavilion provided an interesting contrast between old and new when viewed against the towers of the nearby New York State pavilion. (CD #TBD Set 452 #15)|
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