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Saxman Native Village

2.5 miles South of Ketchikan on S. Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, Alaska
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Type: Museums & Monuments, Interesting Neighborhoods, Guided Tours, Seasonal Events, Stores, Other, Nature & Gardens, Hiking & Walking, and Playgrounds & Playspaces
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $

Bus tours with guides available  
Gift shop  
nature trails  
Clan house  
totem carving

1 Review for Saxman Native Village

January 24 2015
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"A little crowded at times, but neat!"

If you lag just behind a tour group you can get a bit of a "free" spiel on the history surrounding the totems including a bit on Seward's Folly and how it relates to what you are seeing before you. Some tours offer a native dance in the clan house as well, though we've never witnessed it during any of our visits.

We have only ever gone as individuals - never with a tour. These grounds are PERFECT for finding Banana Slugs if your kids like to watch or photograph them. There are also salmonberries galore if they're in season.

The gift shop has all of your typical tourist goodies - I didn't see much that stood out or was particularly unique to the site. They do however have a "penny squashing" machine (only outside the giftshop during operating hours) which makes a fantastic souvenir for only 51 cents.

This easy, accessible stop is a must-see and do while visiting Ketchikan. The place is known for its' totems and totems are such a large part of Alaskan native culture it would be a shame to miss them!

Our favorite was a totem with a beaver on it.

The area is stroller friendly. Dress for rain.

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