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“Skip this one and go to Totem Bight Alaska State Park”

Saxman Native Village
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$700.00*
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Private Tour on 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus in Ketchikan Alaska
Ranked #20 of 60 things to do in Ketchikan
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Owner description: This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.
Reviewed July 25, 2011

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.

17  Thank pricelessbaron
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Reviewed July 17, 2011

Our visit to Saxman was disappointing. The dance performance was amateurish and several of the participants were small children. There was little to no explanation as to the meaning of the dance/interpretation. The Native Heritage Center in Anchorage had similar and superior dancing and provided a more enriching cultural experience for the visitor. Saxman was not worth the hefty fee especially following a visit to the Native Heritage Center.

7  Thank traveldog315
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

If you visit Ketchikan, Alaska, don't miss the tour to Saxman village where you can visit the clan house & watch the Natives performing native dance & song & amazed at the totom poles in front of the clan house --- bring back history

Thank Barroww
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Reviewed July 6, 2011

On a recent Alaskan cruise we wanted to see a real totem park. It sounded like a great place- largest collection of totem poles in the world. We were exploring Ketchikan on our own and took the $1 bus ride from Creek Street to the park. When we got there we were wondering where the rest of it was. There was no dance, no carving demonstration, and the carving house was locked and empty. I did enjoy seeing the totems and reading about them on the sign.
We took pictures (the entire place is about the size of a football field- maybe smaller) and then had a 50 minute wait because the next bus didn't come for an hour. All in all I wish I had done this as a tour combo with something else. It was a bit of a let down.

Oh yes, there is a $5 entry fee.

4  Thank SunkissedAdventures
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Reviewed June 25, 2011

We felt warmly welcomed by the people who are struggling to keep their language and heritage alive. Worth seeing the forest and village, and totems. Great opportunity to learn first hand from Natives living in this area -- NOT a tourist trap like so many other exploited cultures can be.

Thank mev02910
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