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Description: This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.

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Beautiful and Authentic

Join a tour or drive yourself out to Saxman. There is a fee if you visit on your own. The fee supports the tribal council and is not very expensive. Beautiful totems.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Best of the 3 Totem locations we visited ( others were nice also - Totem Bight & Potlatch ). Has a much more varied Totem collection, plus Clan House on a hill. On site is real time Totem pole carving by Native American, S Jackson, which is quite a marvel. Admission during the day, but free in late afternoons, which... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The driver was awesome, the dancers were exquisite. I really enjoyed watching them sing and dance and the native carver of a totem pole was very informative. Personally, I love these experiences and hope that the native people do not feel we are gawking at them nor diminishing their sacred practices.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Join a tour or drive yourself out to Saxman. There is a fee if you visit on your own. The fee supports the tribal council and is not very expensive. Beautiful totems.

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Salina, United States
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Everything you wanted to know about totem poles and more. A perfect stop in a small town. Very nice gift center to end the trip.

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Rocklin, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A must see-experience nature-the native way of life and feel the crisp clean air- all carved by hand- amazing

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Lakeland, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Saxman Village is 2 miles south of Ketchikan on the South Tongass Highway. The village celebrates all things both Tlingit and Alaskan, including folklore and dance. You can tour the park by yourself for a $5 fee or take an unorganized guided tour and learn more about each pole's story. This location offers 25 standing poles, plus carvers at work... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A lot of history for Totem poles here for sure. The show was somewhat confusing but seemed to do well. Get a tour that gets you into the workshop for sure! The first visitor center when coming in should look more like the village and not stark white.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

On our cruise we noticed that there seemed to be more emphasis on adventure excursions, so we were glad to have the opportunity to learn about native culture. Here, you can enjoy learning about totem poles and see how they are made. In addition, you can view native dancers of all ages arrayed in authentic clothing and even have a... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I was impressed with the totem poles that were displayed, but was disappointed with the presentation. I thought there would be more to see. After a long walk from town, visiting the center was a let down. The Lincoln totem was interesting.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Knowing nothing of the Saxman Natives before visiting this village, we were pleasantly surprised. The craftsmanship of the Totems was quite evident. A fun, relaxing experience.

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