Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight & Wildlife

Rates: $85 per person – 4 person minimum. Price Includes: $12 for Park Entrance Fees

Duration: 3 hour excursion

We provide VIP front door service. Your guide will meet you at your Cruise Ship or a prearranged location of convenience. Once everyone is on board our cozy van, you will embark on a 16 mile scenic coastal drive to your first stop at Totem Bight State Historic Park. Here you will take a short stroll through the rainforest to a delightful seaside park with Tlingit and Haida Totem Poles that dot your path along the way. Step inside the Clan house and learn about the Tribal Nations of the area.

Next door is Potlatch Park where you will have the opportunity to visit a 1800’s replica Tlingit Fishing Village complete with clan house, carving house and a curio shop to pick up a trinket or two. You will also have a chance to walk through the Russian Museum and view a antique car collection on site. Next you’ll drive down the coast towards one of the most popular sites in Alaska, Saxman Totem Park and Native Village.

Saxman Native Village is home to the largest  collection in the WORLD of authentic totem poles carved by Tlingit and Haida Natives.

Some of the old poles were relocated to Saxman from abandoned Tlingit villages in the region, or they were reconstructed by skilled Tlingit carvers under the Civilian Conservation Corps restoration project in the 1930s. Many of the totems recovered had been left to deteriorate in abandoned villages, as Native populations began to migrate in search of work. Leaving old totems to rot away was a longstanding Native practice. However, few new poles replaced the deteriorating ones and the art of totem carving gradually disappeared. The Civilian Conservation Corps restoration program enlisted the help of master carvers and began to train young recruits in the craft of totem carving, thus helping preserve not only Native artifacts, but also cultural practices. Saxman Totem Park is definitely a must see!

Next, you will continue on a scenic drive along the coast where you will arrive at a small cove with a fish hatchery on the creek.  Spawning salmon will return to the creek where they were initially hatched. This cycle provides us an opportunity to view the wildlife in their natural habitat feasting on spawning salmon. While it is impossible to guarantee wildlife or predict what we will see on any given day, we often have the opportunity to observe bald eagles or see playful harbor seals and we are always on the lookout for black bears. Be sure to keep your camera close and eyes open.

On the return drive to town you will hear about the rich history of Ketchikan and our humble beginnings complete with bootleggers, brothels, fish pirates and the red-light district of Creek Street.

Your last stop of the day will be at historic Creek Street, where you have the option to disembark and do a little shopping or, you may remain on-board and we will return you to your cruise ship.

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