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Potlatch Totem Park

9809 Totem Bight Rd., Ketchikan, AK 99901
907-225-4445
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Ketchikan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Suffolk, Virginia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We had q great. Visit! We were the only couple with our tour guide so we actually got to go inside where a guy was carving a totem. Our guide knew everyone her so it was excellent. The stories of the totems was so interesting, different from what i had thought all these years. Recommend this if you are ever... More 

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Ketchikan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Interesting collection of native art carved onsite. Add a great view, next to a totem park and has a gift shop. Good for a short day tour.

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Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This park was authenic and beautiful with nice walking paths directly to the water. They allow visitors inside the building room to see what they have been working on for years!! This is so special. The owners are super friendly and inviting. Also, do not pass up the old rifle mini museum in the gift shop!

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Riverhead, NY
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60 reviews 60 reviews
39 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This is an unusual destination as it is privately owned by a guy who collects totems, antique cars, and guns. We went for the totems. Our guide really was at heart a story-teller. Each totem tells a family story. Even though there were supposedly fewer totems here, it was fulfilling to know the legend behind each of them. Although we... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Location, extraordinary mix of things to see [vintage cars, totem poles etc.] very good shop. Informative about lifestyle of First Nation people.

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La Mirada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Some great totem poles there, all authentic. The best thing about this place is the Gift Shop. All totem poles and articles inside are truly native, and Alaskan made. I really enjoyed the small gun and arms museum inside the gift shop. Some truly fabulous weapons in there and other stuff too. If you want to buy a totem pole,... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Art from Ketchikan Taxi Tours brought us to this park. He guided us through. It has a great little museum with guns and stuffed prey, including bear, moose and wolf. They even had a Gatling gun. The sight has authentic totems for sale and several in the park. It also has a beautiful meeting house. Well worth the stop.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Gorgeous setting. History of totems and their explanations of carvings are given for each pole. Very educational. Also, very peaceful.

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usa
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207 reviews 207 reviews
15 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you are not familiar with totem poles and you are fortunate to have a good guide who can interpret the visual elements of each pole, you may find a visit to Potlach Park instructional. If you know the basics already, you will likely be bored. The guides vary greatly in knowledge and commitment so select wisely. Allow one hour... More 

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Leawood, KS
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

An absolute must. The totems are really something to see and we learned there is more of a story than a visitor may think.

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