Saxman Native Village, Dance Performance & Totem Park

2.5 hours | Ketchikan | K T N - 1 2 0
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Points of Interest

  • Creek Street
  • Saxman Native Village
Shopping Opportunities, Easy activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

You'll begin your two-and-half hour tour with a short motorcoach ride to the Saxman Native Village where you'll experience the rich living culture of southeast Alaska's Native Americans. You'll want to be sure to bring your camera, as the Village offers countless photo opportunities and you will have access to areas not available to independent guests.

Once you arrive, you'll be greeted with an elaborate tribal ceremony, the same way the Tlingits have welcomed visitors for generations. After a short video introducing you to the culture and history of Saxman, you'll enter the Beaver Clan House. Inside, you'll get to witness tribal members perform traditional songs and dances and tell tales. But watching is not all. You'll have a chance to join the fun. It will be your turn to don Tlingit regalia and experience the thrill of joining the Cape Fox Dancers for the show's finale.

Your visit continues with a chance to learn more about the impressive totem poles that are a unique part of the Native Alaskan culture. At Saxman Totem Park, your guide will help unravel the mysteries of these towering, majestic works of art. You'll then get to visit the Village Carving Center where carvers are busily working, passing on the craft to eager young apprentices. You may recognize carvers who have been featured on national television. Applying skills passed down for centuries, these craftsmen create some of the most sought-after Native art in the world. A stop at the Village Store provides an opportunity to purchase some of the finest Native art available or a memento of your visit.

You'll then re-board your motorcoach for a scenic ride as you make your return trip back to your ship. You'll see Alaska's busiest waterfront, bustling with floatplanes and boats. You'll drive by infamous Creek Street, Ketchikan's former red-light district during the Gold Rush, and see historic residential areas and the turn-of-the-century style downtown area.

Special Notes:

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Tour to Saxman Native Village

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
3
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Welcome video

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Walk along nature trail to Clan House

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
100
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Native dancers perform in Clan House

Time at site:
00:35
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Storytelling of Totem stories

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
No
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
40
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Carving demonstration

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:15
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
10
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Visit gift shop

Transport type:
Walking
Time at site:
00:20
Free time at site:
20
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Walking distance:
10
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
Yes
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Tour back to cruise ship pier

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
53
Travel time:
00:15
Air conditioned:
No
Steps:
3
Restroom available:
No
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video restrictions:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes