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Saxman Native Village

Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #15 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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Dundalk, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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49 attraction reviews
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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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6 attraction reviews
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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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4 attraction reviews
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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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busymom1991
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The totam poles are beautiful. It does not take long to walk around and see everything. There are some up and down hill walking. You can watch through the window ant the natives carving the totams.

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Massillon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I was not really that interested in seeing the totem poles. We took the trolley tour because when we booked the tour prior to arriving in Ketchikan we didn't realize that it was such an easy walk to Creek Street. we really were interested in just seeing Creek Street. It was just something I wasn't interested in.

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