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On a former Native American campground, Totem Bight State Historical Park showcases 15 totem poles and a replica of a community house that help tell the heritage of the region. Nestled on 13 hectares (33 acres) of Alaskan forestland, the site showcases 19th-century totems depicting characters to help tell stories of local tribes. You'll see how the community lived with a view of the clan house that had removable floorboards for storage and separate living quarters that could house up to 50 people. The surrounding topography is home to bears and wolves, sea lions, deer, and eagles. If you wander farther toward the bays and inlets, you may spot whales. Arrange your visit to Totem Bight State Historical Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ketchikan using our Ketchikan journey maker app.
Totem Bight State Historical Park reviews
We took this tour as part of a Holland American excursion. It was interesting to see all the totems and our guide did a fantastic job of explaining them. We also saw a show of the natives doing songs.... more
We took this tour as part of a Holland American excursion. It was interesting to see all the totems and our guide did a fantastic job of explaining them. We also saw a show of the natives doing songs.... more »
Emerald tour leaders were informative, helpful, charming and generous with their time. We saw bears as if on call, a waterfall and got to meet the totem pole carver at Saxman Village. 100...
Emerald tour leaders were informative, helpful, charming and generous with their time. We saw bears as if on call, a waterfall and got to meet the totem pole carver at Saxman Village. 100... more »
A unique walk to experience the history of Alaska Totems. The park had authentic pieces and some pieces made just for the park. The park is very picturesque. A great place for couple and families. Bring rain boots and umbrella just in case, it rains more than 200 days a year in Alaska. I was luckily enough to go on a day it didn't rain, which was the 1st of 8 days. Our Tour guy was very knowledgeable and allow plenty of time to ask questions and look around on your own. Definitely a must see.
We came here with a guided tour via our cruise company. We learned which each totem pole represented. It was very interesting. We got to look through a window and see the man who made many totem poles working on his last one, and teaching his apprentices. It is a short ride from the terminal, and if you are looking for something that doesn’t take long I suggest you go. You could also come on your own. It was not too crowded dispute multiple cruise ships in town. There is also a gift shop with items. We got a great deal on two hooded sweaters, buy one for $10, get the second for $5. The workers in the store were friendly and attentive.
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