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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 August 10, 2012

The idea of this place was very cool to me, but i think going through a tour group s a stake. I would have been nice to just explore on our own for about an hour and then move on. The people that ran the village were very nice and getting to see the traditional song and dance was very neat. The guides who too us around most of the park were our bus drivers and they were very annoying, we ended up here for almost thee hours,huch for us was way too much time. I think getting to see the totem poles up closer were very coo, but they are not all super old and historical as I thought they would be. Most f them have been remade, which took some of the excitement out of it for me. I would checks this place out if you.have the time, but to us, it was not a must see.

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

The totems were nice and colorful - grouped in easy walking distance of each other - but no information in way of a brochure or displays/signs.

Thank Karyn B
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

If you are part of a cruise boat tour, you will have the total experience of the "park" as described in some of the reviews, since they have the total rights to those attractions. (Note: it is a park with streets running right through it, which detracted from my overall experience.) If you are an independent traveler, you will only be able to see the totem poles and buy gifts at the gift shop. Therefore, I recommend that you SKIP this place and go to either Totem Bight Park or Potlatch, which are both located in relatively the same place north of Ketchikan.

2  Thank Jan33694
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Saxman is a few miles south of Ketchikan Alaska on the Tongass Highway. There is a small Totem Pole Park and Native Village that is located there with several totem poles. There are around 20 poles or so, that have been erected with each telling its own story. Admission is only a few bucks, and is on the honor system. There is a box off the parking lot that you leave your money in and then take a park flyer. The flyer gives you the history behind each totem pole and a brief explanation of what it represents. There is a wood shop on site where the poles are carved, restored and repaired. The people working there were friendly and gave us the history on totem poles and showed us the tools and equipment they use. It was worth the stop. Check out their website too at http://www.experienceketchikan.com/native-american-totem-poles-5.html.

2  Thank Chris F
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Our visit to Saxman village was part of a cruise excursion. It covered the trip to Saxman village and the Lumberjack show. Our time at Saxman consisted of a short talk by a native, a short movie, a walk through the woods to the tribal house. Then we were treated to a tribal dance show. At the end they offered to let guests come up and be part of the dance. We got to wear their traditional coats. Then our bus driver gave us another short talk, followed by some time for looking at the totem poles and gift shop. We really enjoyed our visit. The only thing I would have liked to have changed would have been to have extra time to really explore the gift shop. Also there was a small amount of artwork in the back of the shop, but not everything had prices. The staff couldn't find a price before we left so we had to go home without a it.

Thank Travelbugsforlife
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