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Address: Ketchikan, AK

This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.

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Scenic walk with lots to look at. One of the building have a curator to go over the history and lots of tours with guide passing through.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Learning the history and seeing these totem poles in person was priceless. A trip I would recommend if you are in Ketchikan, AK.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Scenic walk with lots to look at. One of the building have a curator to go over the history and lots of tours with guide passing through.

Thank Jenny C
West Sayville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Learn alot about folklore. Beautiful totem poles. Our tour guide gave us wonderful explinations of the totems. There was a lovely show performed buy natives. Large amount of totems with a lodge were the show was.

Thank 277gaileo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Historical and representative house and totems show the authentic native arts and also has a carving house to show the techniques and steps in constructing a totem. Very interesting.

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Jefferson, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

While visiting the Saxman Village to see the Alaskan Totem Poles we were looking in the window of the Studio of Nathan Jackson to see him carving on a totem pole but he was not there. I just a few minutes we saw a shadow of a man inside as he unlocked the door of the studio. As he walked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Although we loved hearing about the totems and learning about the Tlingits from tribal members themselves, as well as seeing their dances, the highlight had to be watching the incomparable Nathan Jackson carving a totem pole in the carving house.

Thank Yorkieteacher
Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I loved all the totem poles and the tribal longhouse. It was educational and if you like to take pictures, this is the place to go.

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Kingston upon Hull
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The village is very much for tourists. The singers have good strong voices, but some of them do not actually speak the language so could not tell me what the chants mean. The dancing is quite sedentary, more swaying about. The woodcarver's assistant told us plenty, the wood carver was whittling, no carving was taking place although there was a... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We booked this through the Holland America Line, and it was an excellent choice. All of the presenters were "real people" not polished tour guides, and were happy to answer any questions about their village, culture, and history. The native dances that included members of the audience were especially enjoyable for my family. The carving shop was very interesting, where... More 

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Perry, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

The village is on backside of Ketchikan Island and many of the 120 year old Totem Poles have been restored and exhibited. Native Saxman Alaskan house and native dances are interesting. Dances are very similar to many Oklahoma tribes.

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