8. Day 6b - Saxman Village Page 1 of 4
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A sign in the Saxman village explaining its origins and its founders, the Tlingit (the "T" is silent) Tribe.
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The main entrance to Saxman Village lined on both sides by totem poles and the Potlatch Lodge building is in the background.
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We were first ushered into this auditorium for a presentation by a young Tlingit girl and a movie explaining the history of the Tlingit Tribe and Saxman Village. There is Cathy sitting and awaiting the presentation. The native paintings on the walls were quite beautiful.
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The native paintings on the other side of the auditorium.
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An ancient totem of a raven on the stage of the auditorium.
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A piece of an ancient totem on the stage of the auditorium.
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Part of an ancient totem of a beaver on display on the stage of the auditorium.
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Some ancient totem artifacts on display on the stage of the auditorium.
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A Tlingit native painting on wood planks dating to Dec. 28, 1918 on display in the foyer of the auditorium.
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Another Tlingit native painting on wood planks on display in the foyer of the auditorium.
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A Tlingit native painting on wood representing the Beaver Clan on display in the foyer of the auditorium.
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Another Tlingit native painting on wood planks on display in the foyer of the auditorium.
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A Tlingit native painting on wood representing the Eagle Clan on display in the foyer of the auditorium.
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A Tlingit boat carved out of native cedar on display in the foyer of the auditorium.
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As we walked though the rainforest from the auditorium to our next event in Saxman Village, the Potlatch Dance, I spotted this unusual moss-covered tree stump.
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This is the beautifully decorated back of the Potlatch Lodge where we will be treated to a Potlatch Dance.
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A totem pole on the left side of the Potlatch Lodge.
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Some of the native girls who will be performing in the Potlatch Dance.
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Cathy sitting in the back of the Potlatch Lodge awaiting the performance.
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Looking towards the center stage of the Potlatch Lodge as our M. C. gives us a welcoming and introduction.
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A close up of center stage in the Potlatch Lodge and our M. C.
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One of the Tlingit Elders enters stage right as the Potlatch Dance ceremony is about to begin.
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Another Tlingit Elder enters stage left as the Potlatch Dance ceremony is about to begin.
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The Tlingit dancers enter from the center rear to start the Potlatch Dance.

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