AECapital City Weekly Tommy Joseph worked at the Sitka National Historic Park (Totem Park) for 21 years. As the 200th anniversary for the 1884 battle against the Russians was coming up, he began doing a lot of research and created his first Tlingit war helm.
"I just kind of got into a streak into figuring out how these things were made," he said. "The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. The next thing you know I made 30 helmets. I set out to make just one."