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Saxman Native Village

Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #14 of 20 attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Historic Sites, Parks
Description: This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.
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Bellingham, Washington
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is an active collection of totem poles with more being added. It's very different that Totem Bight and fewer bus loads of people. Unfortunately there is nothing that helps you interpret what's on the poles. It's on the city bus line.

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Austin
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We visited the Saxman village AFTER our cruise tour of the misty fjords and that worked out perfectly. It was easy and cheap to get to the totems via the local bus (lots of locals were happy to help direct us). The bus dropped us off right where we needed to be - we walked around about 20 minutes and... More

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Weston, Florida
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83 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Saxman Village gives you a feel for Indian life in Alaska, the real highlight are the Totem Poles, especially the Totem Pole Village. Off on the side of the road, you can see the rotting house of the old chief. By itself, not worth the trip, combined with the wilderness south of here it's better.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Good rep of varied totems from different times. Met mr. Jackson, master carver who showed us around his workshop.

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Schertz, TX
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10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

From the description of the excursion on our Holland America Cruise, I thought this was going to really be great. It was supposed to be one of the largest totem pole collections in the world. There really weren't that many and from what the guide said, they were not original totem poles. Part of the tour included going to see... More

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I didn't chose this shore excursion, but I fell in love with the little town and the culture. Everyone I talked to were so willing to share their culture and their lives. I loved the welcome ceremony in the clan lodge, and the children who share their culture were adorable. I liked the general store which had a combination of... More

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The Villages, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Prepare to have your heart stolen by the Tlingit children who sing and dance their way through native tunes during a presentation of the tribe's customs and history. Along with adults from the community, they tell their story with reverence and precision. Move on to the carving building to see totems in the making. Master carvers explain how the poles... More

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New York City, New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stopped in Ketchikan on a cruise. Wanted to see a totem park and was told that Saxman was the largest of such parks. (lie) Took a bus from town. While quite interesting this was mostly a collection of Tiltit inspired "totem reproductions" and new work, NOT the old totem poles I was expecting. While some of the works were impressive,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Lots of new "old looking" things! it is here for the tourists! What is authentic is the run down houses with old cars and refrigerators on the lawns near by! If you're pressed for time, I wouldn't bother!

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Temple Hills, Maryland
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66 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This excursion via the cruise ship was somewhat disappointing. It was touted as the “world’s largest collection of authentic totem poles” and frankly I was expecting much more that what I saw. “For generations it has been tradition in Tlingit villages to welcome guests with elaborate ceremonies. At Saxman Village, visitors experience the same time honored welcome of years gone... More

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