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

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Very interesting about the natives in Alaska

Took this tour when we were there on a cruise. Very informative about the history and culture of the natives of the area from when they settled to present day. Cool totem poles... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Winter Springs, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

In reading the reviews online we were under the impression that the $5.00 admission included the show and demonstration on totem carving. This was not the case at all. We would have to do the tour which was a very high price. Basically for the price of admission you only get to see the totems that are outside. That last... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Took this tour when we were there on a cruise. Very informative about the history and culture of the natives of the area from when they settled to present day. Cool totem poles and neat gift shop.

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Sacramento, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
31 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Saxman Native Village is one of two things to a tourist: great photo op, had enough after an hour, glad you went and don't need to come back OR one of the most important totem centers in NW heritage and in the world. It's up to you what you want out of it. This was our second time to visit... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We arrived on our own via city bus (not cruise ship), only to find that access to the dancing, stories, tours, and carving displays were off limits to us. While the totem poles were interesting, they were not any thing more than what can be seen elsewhere (for free, and with more information provided.) Highly recommend, instead, is Totem Bight... More 

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Salinas, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We also took a city bus to this attraction, and was approached by a fellow in the middle of the road, asking for a $5 per person cover charge!!!!! We paid it hoping to see All that was offered, but all the $5 let us do was walk around a few totem poles out front!!!! What a disappointment. Village tour... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We were assigned a young man, Maleek, who stayed with us thru out our tour and pushed my wheelchair thru out the tour, including the nature trail, which is quite a feat. The totems and the story behind them is terrific. This attraction is well worth the minimal cost.

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Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

In reading the reviews, it seems like the way to visit Saxman and get anything out of it, is to go on an organized tour where you watch a movie, visit a clan house, see local dancers, observe and speak to local carvers, and see the totem poles. You can also get to Saxman by one of the city bus... More 

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Chehalis, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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154 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
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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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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