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Saxman Native Village

Address: Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #17 of 24 Attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Went here during a quick layover from Bellingham to Juneau via the Alaska ferry. A couple of other passengers and I took the bus from the Ferry Terminal down to Saxman. The bus turns around just south of the Village. Great inexpensive way to get around. I enjoyed my quick visit to Saxman, and was lucky to have a beautiful... More 

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Sacramento, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Long before cruise passengers began spending money in Ketchikan on plastic totem pole letter openers made in China, the Tlingit spent their summers there fishing for salmon. A line of faceless shops can cater to all your souvenir needs, but if you want to learn about the people who shutter at the thought of die-cast totems, there’s a family-friendly tour... More 

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Dundalk, Maryland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Went with Classic Tours with Lois Munch and learned quite a bit. Also met Nathan Jackson a famous carver.

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Warwick, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
49 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Took a cruise excursion here while in Ketchikan. We were first escorted into a large room that resembled a high school auditorium. We were shown a video about the Saxman village and the Tlinglit people. We were then taken to the clan house and saw an Indian dance show and the audience was invited to come up to participate as... More 

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Galesville, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our driver/guide, Mel Briola, as we experienced the Saxman Native Village on September 12th. By this point in our 2 1/2 week trip, we were fatigued. He brought history to life with stories and humor.

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Houston, Texas
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105 reviews 105 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

If you like totems and native culture, this is the place to visit. We were able to see dances in the clan house and the workshop their master carver. It's quiet place to visit away from the circus atmosphere of the dock area.

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San Antonio, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Enjoyed hearing the history of the totems...Stories, why specific colors were used, etc. There was an also an artist on-site who was repairing a damaged totem. Interesting to watch.

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Tacoma, WA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Maybe we went during an off time, but most of our guides seemed very lackluster. The highlight was looking at the totems and hearing the stories that surround them, which were all narrated by our bus driver. The actual guides we had seemed bored, answered most questions with, "I don't know" and didn't seem to contribute much. I would have... More 

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Our guide Braden P was very knowledgeable and told stories about the many totem poles in the village. We found it very interesting that the intricately carved poles were a way to communicate and record the stories and events of the local people. We visited the carvers and were able to watch them at work. The visit to the clan... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had the most interesting visit to the Saxman Village. We were told we could take photos anywhere in the village. The first thing we did was gather in a community hall where we watched an entertaining film about the Tlingit. The walls were decorated with native paintings. It is here that I will stress that the Tlingit people do... More 

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