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A Chance Meeting

While visiting the Saxman Village to see the Alaskan Totem Poles we were looking in the window of... read more

Reviewed 5 October 2016
Samuel A
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Jefferson, Texas
Great Tlingit Culture

Although we loved hearing about the totems and learning about the Tlingits from tribal members... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2016
Yorkieteacher
,
Georgia
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This unique park's 24 totem poles each tell a different story.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good32%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“totem poles” (246 reviews)
“gift shop” (57 reviews)
“master carver” (22 reviews)
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Ketchikan, AK
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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...More

1  Thank Samuel A
Reviewed 28 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
Reviewed 26 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.

Thank Dave H
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...More

Thank Jan w
Reviewed 24 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...More

1  Thank Aluper
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.

1  Thank ofrwprez
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We had actually been here on our last visit to Alaska but were happy to visit again. It's an amazing array of totem poles and each one has it's own story. Our guide told us several of the stories and then we had time to...More

Thank LNL71
Reviewed 14 September 2016

We visited the Saxman Native Village after it was recommended by several locals as they have "authentic" native totems. We were excited to go but once we rode the city bus out there, nothing was open. It was a Saturday in early Sept. so couldn't...More

Thank eatsleeptour
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

If you are into totem poles, then I guess you might get more out of this than we did. Our guide was very informative telling us about them and the area. There are restrooms near the totem pole park and also a store to purchase...More

Thank malleegirl
Reviewed 13 September 2016

We enjoyed our stop in the village. The tour guides from the village were very friendly and approachable. The carving shop was very cool to see.

1  Thank Rachael B
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Response from Marlene S | Reviewed this property |
everything depends on how many cruise ships are in town and what their departure time is. on most days will be open till about 3 however you will not find authentic art there. if you are interested in authentic art you... More
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Response from RoamingOutAndAbout | Reviewed this property |
Our tour in September was also through the cruise ship and we were taken into the Clan House and given a show and into the carving house. We were disappointed with both. The history is interesting. I will point out our trip... More
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