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Saxman Native Village

Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #15 of 21 Attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Historic Sites, Parks
Description: This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.
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busymom1991
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The totam poles are beautiful. It does not take long to walk around and see everything. There are some up and down hill walking. You can watch through the window ant the natives carving the totams.

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Massillon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I was not really that interested in seeing the totem poles. We took the trolley tour because when we booked the tour prior to arriving in Ketchikan we didn't realize that it was such an easy walk to Creek Street. we really were interested in just seeing Creek Street. It was just something I wasn't interested in.

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IN
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I took a city bus to and from Saxman Native Village and spent time checking out the totem poles, informational signs, and rainforest terrain. It's so wildly different than anything I've seen before that I really enjoyed it and would have enjoyed the "official" tour, had time permitted.

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Forestburgh, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Our experience started with a visit to a center to view a short video about the Tlingit Natives,followed by a short walk through a rainforest to the clan house. The inside visit included a short talk about the clan house and the art work inside. Then we saw a couple of dances. The dancers included two children and the robes... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Totems were okay, but there was no interaction. All they wanted was to collect your $5/person admission fee. If you wanted any info on the totems you had to purchase a flyer. Park was very small and you were not allowed to go inside the clan house

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Top Contributor
141 reviews 141 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Nice visit to see many lovely totems and a cultural show. The show included native grab as well as dancing. The show was well done Also were able to see the world craving.

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Rexburg, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It really all depends what kind of tour you do. If you just take the city bus ($1) and then pay the ($5 or so) entry fee, all you get to do is walk around the relatively small area that consist of what? about 15 totems and thats it. It might take you 30 minutes. You can peek in the... More

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Camdenton, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

If all the guides are as folksy and likeable as Dallan, then you're in for a treat. Although the attraction is small and you can't get into the shop, it is visually fascinating. You must get the scoop on several of the totem poles to appreciate the perspective. While we were there, two 8 foot sections of 4-foot thick cedar... More

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Saginaw, MI
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101 reviews 101 reviews
16 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

In addition to a beautiful display of totem poles, this location features a workshop where you can see the creation of a new totem pole. There is also a gift shop with public bathrooms. This is right on the city bus route so easy to get to independently.

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Westlake, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

And a great place to see them is at the Saxman Totem Park, one of the largest gatherings of totem poles in the world. Many totem poles tell a story but some could contain the ashes of a prominent elder in the clan and are known as mortuary poles. There are also so-called shame poles which were created to shame... More

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