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Totems Tour

The Totems Tour is a visit to Saxman, a Tlingit Indian village, and home of splendid totem poles in a park-like setting. As we stroll through the park I'll explain the thriving Native culture and how the people lived in this awesome land long before America purchased Alaska.

Their lifestyle was fascinating! As with all cultures, a way of life is dictated by food sources. With an abundance of food from the rain forest and the sea, early peoples in Southeast Alaska developed complex and high art forms. We will see and discuss the artistic components and gain an understanding of this remarkable art. 




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Totem pole carver at work photograph

Totem pole photograph 

 With the totems as our guide,we'll learn how to identify an eagle, raven, bear, frog, and beaver. I will share with you, in pictures, the carving and steaming of a cedar canoe and the raising of a totem pole. And, as a special treat, I'll introduce you to my favorite Native Alaskan totem pole carver!

Our tour also includes an overview of Ketchikan's historic past. As we drive by Creek Street, known as far south as San Francisco for its bawdy atmosphere, we'll talk about its colorful side. And we'll discuss the Ketchikan of today.

With a glimpse of life in these parts, you'll gain some insight into the heart of Ketchikan.

2 hours
$109 per person plus sales tax (
2 person minimum)
Includes admission to the totem pole park. A wheelchair can be accommodated with advance notice.


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Darald DeWitt, Carver

Darald DeWitt, Carver
In loving memory ~ 1960-2000  


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