8. Day 6b - Saxman Village Page 2 of 4
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All of the dancers are now assembled on stage to perform the Potlatch Dance.
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All the dancers turn to display their beautifully decorated blankets representing their individual clans. This is a sing of welcoming from the clans to the audience.
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Now just the girls show us their clan symbols on their blankets.
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Some of the Tlingit girls displaying their clan symbols.
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As a young Tlingit boy whirls, we get to see his elaborately decorated blanket.
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The Tlingit elder man is joined by a woman elder on stage left.
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The Tlingit elder man and woman turn to show us their beautifully decorated blankets with their respective clan symbols.
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The Tlingit woman elder has removed her blanket and we can now see her beautifully decorated outfit.
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The young Tlingit girls singing on stage.
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A young Tlingit girl singing on stage.
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The group performing the Potlatch Dance.
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The Potlatch Dance is very expressive and tells a story. Notice the simulated wooden feathers in the boy's hands.
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The Potlatch Dance continues.
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The young boy has shed his blanket and now simulates a hunting party with imaginary bow and arrow.
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The young boy takes aim at his "prey" with his imaginary bow and arrow.
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The dancers along with the elders exit stage left as the Potlatch Dance comes to an end.
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Cathy poses with the young Tlingit boy after the dance.
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Cathy poses with a couple of the Tlingit girls.
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A close up view of the back of the Potlatch Lodge.
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A close up of the center of the back of the Potlatch Lodge.
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The totem pole to the left of the rear of the Potlatch Lodge.
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The totem pole to the right of the rear of the Potlatch Lodge.
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The main totem pole on the central lawn of the Saxman Village. The Potlatch Lodge is in the background, and several tour groups have gathered for informational presentations about the totem poles.
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A carved wooden frog head decorates the log wall in front of the main lawn of Saxman Village.

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