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

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Loved the totem ples

Great place to see many kinds of different totem poles. Open and plenty of parking as we went at a non-tourist time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Chehalis, Washington
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Chehalis, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Great place to see many kinds of different totem poles. Open and plenty of parking as we went at a non-tourist time.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Salman Native Village was a very interesting place to visit and learn about the native culture. We arrive and listened to a presentation in a hall. after that we went to see the native dancers perform. This was probably my favourite part. It would of been nice if they allowed you to take pictures with the dancers after! After the... More 

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nome, ak
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Just 5 miles south of the Ketchikan docks, this is a must see. You can take the borough bus, silver line, to the park for $1. The poles and tribal house are well cared for and there are a variety of 'stories' with the poles. The carving house is adjacent to the park and you may see carvers at work;... More 

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A must see if you are visiting Ketchikan. Excellent examples of Northwest Totem Poles. The carved panels on the tribal house are excellent. The carving shed is open to the public during the summer tourist season and there are normally several artists working.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

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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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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59 helpful votes 59 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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