I read some of the less stellar reviews and they all had one thing in common. They tried to do it on their own. Pay for the tour and you will not be disappointed. Check out the reviews of those who did.
We booked through NCL. I wish I could tell you our tour operator. Our driver is a man who moved from Seattle and married a Tlingit lady. He was incredibly insightful. So much so, there was a documentary film being shot during our tour. He tried to teach us some Tlingit words before we took our tour. The tour began in the auditorium. It explained that this project is trying to recapture the language and art of the Tlingit. After a brief history we were led to the lodge house. We were entertained by a dance troupe that aged 6 to 60. At the end, volunteers were taught to dance and allowed on stage. We were then led to the carving center for a "private tour". before we were turned lose to shoot photos. All the while, our tour guide was available for questions. I asked about the red boy at the bottom of one totem. He explained the Oyster Boy story on the bus so all could hear the story. I would like to say GunalchÈesh Ho Ho for a wonderful tour.
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