Saxman Native Village

Saxman Native Village, Ketchikan: Address, Phone Number, Saxman Native Village Reviews: 4/5

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Murphy5708
Crown Point, IN337 contributions
This was an optional excursion from the cruise ship. A bus picked us up at the cruise ship dock and drove us out to the Village. First we were seated in a building and given information on the history etc. of the Tlingit people. Then we walked to the clan house where we enjoyed a traditional Tlingit dance with the performers all dressed in "costume". After that we walked to the workshop where you could see artisans actually carving a huge totem pole. Lastly, of course, was the gift shop. It was very interesting few hours and worth it to connect to the indigenous people.
Written July 14, 2022
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thorwege
Springfield, OR8 contributions
This was one of my favorite excursions off of our Norwegian ship. This tour was very informative. There was a native dance. Dancers from different villages danced slightly differently. This was a way that villages were unique. Information on the different Tlingit customs and school was presented. Totem pole demonstration was outstanding. Guides Marcus and Maleek answered a lot of questions about their culture. I am so glad I went on this tour.
Written August 15, 2022
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WeloveDisneyland
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The Saxman Clan house tour hosted by Cape Fox was great. Native song and dance, history and culture of the Tlingit and Haida clans are discussed. Also there is a live demonstration of Totem Pole carving. The village area features a large display of many totem poles.
Written May 21, 2022
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steve
Puerto Rico1 contribution
Read the one star and two star reviews they are on point. If this is your first time, and on a cruise with around 5hrs skip this tour it will wreck your day. Do the lumberjack and walk the town. Im pretty sure this was a great place before but the current offering is not worth it. The tour bus driver was great. Btw the Norwegian Encore cruise pkg is $189,Saxman or Norwegian ripped us off on this one!
Written August 2, 2022
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N3065LKdebbies
Abingdon, VA364 contributions
Enjoyed a very informative tour of this very beautiful area ,learning about the Saxman tribe, their way of life and the seeing the most intricate carvings of numerous totem poles. Were able to actually see the area where totem poles are carved..almost where their story is told. Truly a place to see.
Written September 14, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,736 contributions
Couples
A little way out of town. We visited as part of a tour but can easily catch the bus from the harbour, although you then miss out on the explanation. A number of interesting and different totem poles to see that have been moved here from various locations.
Written July 3, 2022
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Lynne C
West Malling, UK165 contributions
We enjoyed a great afternoon out at this village. We walked from Ketchikan, it took about 40 minutes to get there, some of the walk was on a busy road but mostly on a track along the shore. , We were greeted by a very friendly gentleman at the ticket office , who explained the layout of the village. There are about 24 totem poles on display, plus the clan house, carving centre and a large shop with good rest rooms. The pocket guide we were given was extremely informative. We walked back too!
Written June 3, 2022
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rainbirdbrain
Ukiah, CA201 contributions
Solo
There seems to be a lot of confusion here surrounding Saxman, let me help you make a good choice. A lot of the negative reviews here are from people who expected to receive things they didn't pay for. There is a tour you can purchase through the cruise ships called "Saxman Native Village" or "Saxman Native Village & Lumberjack Show" which includes a video welcoming you to Saxman, the Native dancing demonstration, a talk about the totems by your Driver Guide, a carving demonstration, and some shopping/free time. It is a fun and informative tour that most people really enjoy.

You can also take the local bus to the Native village of Saxman, but that doesn't mean you should expect to see all the things that come with the "Saxman Native Village" tour. You will be able to see the totems for a small park fee, and you can go to the gift shop.

Likewise, if you purchase a "Highlights by Trolley" tour, or" Best of Ketchikan by Land and Sea" tour through the cruise ship, it includes a photo stop in Saxman of approx. 30 minutes, it does not include the video, Native dancing, or carving demonstration. You can also purchase tours from independent vendors, but again, they do not include everything included in the "Saxman Native Village" tour.

The tour is great, Saxman is also a great place to visit via the local bus, or by walking (about two and a half miles each way from the cruise ship docks), if you have a realistic expectation of what you are going to see.

Hope that helps!
Written September 24, 2011
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donaldsc
Las Vegas, NV212 contributions
Couples
We went to two totem museums on our own during our stay in Ketchikan - Saxman and Totem Bight State Park. We did Saxman late in the afternoon after the cruise ships left so all of the inside stuff was closed and I can not comment on the dancing and cultural displays. However, based on just the totems and the ambiance of the place, I would give Saxman a 3 and Totem Bight a 9.

Saxman was clear set up just to get money from the cruise ship tours; Totem Bight is a State Park set up to preserve artifacts.

We did go back to Saxman the next day when the shop was open because it looked as if there might be some interesting stuff in it. However, all they had was artless tourist junk and they even wanted to charge me to park my car to go into the shop.

Skip Saxman and go to Totem Bight.
Written September 21, 2011
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pricelessbaron
Tampa, FL108 contributions
Friends
This tourist attraction is all about the money. A very unfriendly man collects $5.00 to walk up the hill to see the totems. To see any other attractions/buildings, you have to pay additional monies. For $5.00 you walk up the hill and what you see from the bottom is what you pay for, unless you want to shell out additional monies to enter buildings.
Instead, go to Totem Bight Alaska State Park and walk in a beautiful park setting and look at pretty Totems, for free. That is right, for free. Of course, we were treated so kindly that we left donations for our stay. They offer complimentary coffee and hot chocolate in the gift shop, donations accepted. The people in the gift shop are so friendly and helpful that you want to adopt them!!

We took public buses to both totem attractions. If you only have time for one, skip Saxman. If you have time for both, well then enjoy. One is all about the monies and the other is folksy home style Alaska.
Written July 25, 2011
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