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

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Private Tour on 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus in Ketchikan Alaska
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We went to this village as part of our tour. Our tour guide was very informative and explained the significance of the poles whilst we were driving there then explained further... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Barbara Z
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Sydney, Australia
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was able to see Nathan Jackson and his son at work creating masterful carvings. The art was incredible. Gift store prices very reasonable.

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Fresno, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Just very fake and contrived ..made for tourists only ...it is not worth the money and time .presenters were halfhearted

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a shore excursion to Saxman on our recent cruise. This was a nice experience but I did not realize how limited the native experience would be. I really enjoyed the video that guests saw at the beginning about the history of the people. Then we walked to the large meeting house where dancers and singers demonstrated some of... More 

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What an interesting place to visit and learn about other cultures and where they came from. The overall tour was very interesting and the passion for their beliefs and ancestors was amazing.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ketchikan is a port for many AK cruise itineraries. The Saxman Native Village fits the cruise visitors' schedules quite well. The visitor can experience the living culture of the modern day southeastern Alaskan natives by viewing the large collection of authentic Totem Poles. One can experience a traditional welcoming ceremony, watch a native dance performance, learn from the elders about... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this village as part of our tour. Our tour guide was very informative and explained the significance of the poles whilst we were driving there then explained further upon arrival. We walked around for about ten minutes then he met us at the end of the road. It was enough time to see the poles.

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Arnold, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a lot of fun and very educational in learning about Totem poles and why the different ones were carved

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Richmond, VA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe we took the wrong tour, but there wasn't much to see. It is a long drive from town, and when we arrived we saw the clan house, but were not able to go inside. The totem poles were interesting, but we had just seen similar in Vancouver so were disappointed in this portion of our tour.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Long way out to get to. Just a bunch of old totem poles and no reason to visit to see them here specifically. Plenty around town and are in better shape. Seems like a dying tourist spot.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here on our own on a recent visit to Alaska. We got here around 11:45 am. We paid for our tickets ($5 each) at the small wooden booth. We proceeded to walk around, only to find out that NOTHING was going on. No video, no dance, no presentation, no woodcarver. And the person at the booth closed up... More 

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