The Totems of Ketchikan
Saxman Native Village & Totem Tour of Ketchikan Alaska
The Tlingits, People of the Tides, lived in the Pacific Northwest long before the first explorers arrived. This Ketchikan port tour will take you to Saxman Native Village, where you will learn more about the rich living culture of Southeast Alaska's Native Americans.
After meeting your guide and small group at the cruise pier, you will travel to Saxman Native Village located outside of Ketchikan. The Tlingits welcome guests in the traditional style that defines the culture of Southeast Alaska. During your approximately 45 minutes at the village, your local Tlingit guide will explain the history, culture and ways of their people during a walking tour of the village, which includes a look inside the Beaver Clan House, one of the largest in Alaska.
Your guide will also show you the Saxman Totem Park, one of the largest gatherings of totems in the world. Through translation of their expressive carvings, your guide will help unravel the mysteries of these towering, majestic poles throughout this Ketchikan excursion.
A stop will also be made at the Village Carving Center, where craftsmen pass on their skill to eager apprentices. During this Ketchikan tour, learn how modern day carvers differ from their ancestors and learn of their current projects around the world.
Free time will be provided for photos or guests wishing to visit the Native Faces store.
During the transfer to / from the village, guests will get glimpses of the small town of Ketchikan and the rainforest that surrounds it. On the return trip, those who wish may be dropped off at the historic Creek Street District.
Please note: Tour does visit inside the Clan House but does not include a dance demonstration.
Reviewer: Marcia Ardlen
This was our first cruise and our first tour on the cruise. We were met by the guide as stated on our manifest. The directions were easy to follow and accurate. We were the only ones from our ship that took the tour, so it was one on one with our guide. It turned out she was the daughter of the eskimo tribe that the totems belong to. Very personable gal. Would highly recommend the tour.
Reviewer: Bob Gentile
Our Tligit guide drove us to Saxman, Alaska just outside of Ketchican. We enjoyed native dances in the clan house after observing a collection of totems, In addition we toured the Carving House where they carved the totems. We were also given amle time to make purchases at the Native Gift Sop. Excellent tour.
Reviewer: yujun zhang
We were fortunate to have a guide who is a descendant of the natives tried to tell the story of each totem. that was very interesting. I found out that she has a pamphlet at her hand. If you could offer such a pamphlet (the tourist prepaid in the order), then he/she can mark it on the pamphlet and read more about it after. That will be wonderful!
We really enjoyed our time with Al has he showed us Ketchikan through Tlinget eyes. Our time at Saxman Park was priceless especially when our group had an impromptu lecture with master carver, Nathan. Everything about this tour made for an excellent experience for those looking for a "calmer but enlightening" tour.
This was a very personal tour by someone who had grown up in Ketchikan, and had relatives in the dance troupe. It made everything so much more real and interesting.