Annette Island Cultural Celebration with Exclusive Family Activity

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska

At a Glance

Activity Type: Signature Collection and Nature Adventures
Activity Level: ModerateHelp
Duration: 3.5 to 4 Hours
Adult Price: $225 (ages 10 and up)
Child Price: $149 (ages 3 to 9)
Infant Price: $149 (ages 0 to 2)
Ages: All Ages (recommended 5 and older)
On this tour you will:
  • Meet your guide and take a short walk to board a 65-foot expedition vessel for your approximate 45-minute cruise to Annette Island. The vessel features large, wrap-around windows, an expansive open-air deck and a restroom.
  • Explore the coastline as the onboard naturalist explains the natural history of Southeast Alaska's forests and ocean. Eagles, seals, porpoise and other species of wildlife are often sighted. The captain will maneuver the boat to give the best possible view.
  • Upon arrival at Annette Island, your Native guide will give you an intimate and rare glimpse of a working village as you discover the heritage of the Tsimshian people.
  • Search the village with your native guide for various totem poles, standing throughout the community where they were originally raised.
  • One of the many ways native people teach their children about the lives and language of their ancestors is through song, dance and drums beat in loud rhythm. Learn northwest coast art and traditions, and construct your own drum. In the longhouse, the entire family is invited to dance and drum with the native dancers in the cultural traditions.
  • Ceremonial dress is worn for naming and adoption ceremonies, potlatches, totem pole raisings, memorials and other special occasions. In the longhouse, discover the significance of each clan's regalia, masks, hats and unique crests used in a potlatch (celebration) ceremony.
  • Keep the spirit of native culture alive and learn to speak Smalgyax (Sha MALL ee yah) the language of the Tsimshian people. The few words you take home from Alaska will help preserve the tradition.
  • Browse the Artist's Village and visit with artisans as they create unique native crafts.
  • On the cruise back to Ketchikan visit Walden Rock, a favorite seal rookery and gathering place for other species of wildlife.
  • Enter Tongass Narrows as you return to Alaska's busiest port
Important Additional Information
  • Guests must be ambulatory. Wheelchairs (collapsible or electric) are not permitted. Tour operators will deny participation to Guests arriving in wheelchairs or electric scooters. Guests must be able to navigate 4 steps on and off the vessel.
  • This tour is available to all ages. Since it involves a boat/vessel, infants under 3 years of age must have a child's ticket.
  • Beverages (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, bottled water) are included in your tour. Snacks are available for purchase.
  • Guests should dress warmly and in layers with a rainproof jacket. Rain ponchos will be provided.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear closed toe, sturdy footwear.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring currency and credit cards to purchase extras, such as souvenirs or snacks.
  • You should never feel that gratuities are expected, but it is customary to leave a tip in recognition of exceptional service in restaurants, taxis and for excursion guides and drivers. It is always up to you to determine the amount.

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