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“Cool history on totems!”

Totem Heritage Center
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$700.00*
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Private Tour on 14 Passenger Shuttle Bus in...
Ranked #11 of 61 things to do in Ketchikan
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Owner description: The Totem Heritage Center was established in 1976 to house and preserve endangered 19th century totem poles retrieved from uninhabited Tlingit and Haida village sites near Ketchikan and to preserve and promote Native artistic and cultural traditions through traditional classes. The Center is home to 33 authentic poles, numerous historic images, and Native art works. Educational and interpretive tours are available.
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We walked in and looked around and read the descriptions next to each but were never offered a tour or guide. Wasn't even aware that that was an option until we were gone. But a beautiful setting and interesting facts!

1  Thank cerveza930
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"small museum"
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"free shuttle"
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"totem poles"
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"on display"
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"native artifacts"
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"fish hatchery"
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"various stages"
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"creek street"
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"entrance fee"
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"city park"
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"historical information"
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"short visit"
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"answer questions"
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"tlingit and haida"
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"walking tour"
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"self guided"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

At first, looking at the old totems was boring. But when our guide started telling us about how a wealthy person would hold a totem to give away all their wealth and start over again as a poor person the totems seemed to come alive.

2  Thank rmposton
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

We took a $7 taxi from the cruise ship up the hill to the Totem Center. The Totem Center is very interesting and the $5 admission was reasonable. The best part was walking back down along the river and seeing the millions of huge salmon spawning in the creek! As you walk down the street you will see a wooden boardwalk on the left. That boardwalk takes you to Creek Street with all the shops, etc. After going thru all the shops it's an easy walk back down to the cruise ship. We were lucky as the sun was shining and the walk back down from the Totem Center was delightful!

14  Thank huttpl
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

Wonderful place to see the older native totems and learn about local Native culture.

2  Thank Nicole C
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Reviewed October 26, 2011

I'd first like to mention how well done this center is. It's not huge, but it's a nice, modern building and they've designed it to really enhance the totems and displays.
We started off with a short introduction by the tour guide. He explained a few things to us and he presented it very well.
Following that, we had free time to look around as we chose. There were amazing old pictures on the walls and other artifacts to look at. I found it fascinating to look at these because each seemed to have a deep and meaningful story behind it. The photos on the walls told the true story about how things looked in Alaska just after the turn of the previous century - a story that should not be lost.
As well, there is another room with totems that are "resting" - lying down, ready to be restored or copied or preserved. They were older and it was amazing to be able to be so close to these original totems - you could see the work that had gone into making them. I am so glad that they will be well cared for and this vital history preserved.
We had been to Totem Bight State Park earlier that same day, and I'd highly recommend a visit to both. They both have a story to tell, but do so in a different way.

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