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This was an amazing experience for one who loves culture, history and mythology. On the way to Tillicum Village a Haida man told some of the stories of his cosmogony. Some I had heard before, some were new. this was followed by the stories and dances of the natives. The stories enhanced the dances and gave meaning to the movements and costumes. The meal was served buffet style and in addition to salmon, it included foods the natives would normally have eaten in the Pacific Northwest. I lucked out on weather and had several great views of Mt Ranier as we crossed the Puget Sound and Elliott Bay. A very worthwhile experience.
Our cruise to the Tillicum Village started out by leaving the pier in Seattle. As we left the dock we had remarkable views of the city. We could see the Space Needle and were able to capture some awesome photos. Our ride to the island lasted about forty-five minutes. It did not seem that long because one of the crew members began telling stories passed down from generation to generation about Native American history and culture. During our cruise we admired charming homes along the coast and were even able to see a lighthouse still in use today. There were also snacks and drinks offered on board that also helped us to pass the time. When we arrived at the village, we were greeted by people in Native American dress who welcomed us with a cup of steamed clams. There was also a hungry raccoon nearby just waiting for us to toss some his way. We entered into the doorway and were able to immediately see the salmon for the night’s dinner being smoked over open coals. We were escorted into the auditorium where we were seated and had a buffet style dinner while enjoying Native American dancing. There was a gift shop that had crafts and souvenirs available for purchase. After dinner and dessert were served, we had plenty of time to take a stroll along the beach. Much to our surprise, there were several deer on the island grazing in the wooded areas. We were able to chat with some of the campers who were staying overnight on the island. Near the end of our stay, a group gathered around our guide to hear one last story about the raven and the great one how they caused the ocean tides to rise and fall.
Great time. Food was good. Especially enjoyed seeing the 12 deer hanging outside the longhouse.
This was the "highlight" of our trip to Seattle....My husband, daughter and son-in-law all enjoyed It including myself..
What a pleasure it was! The program was interesting. The buffet was absolutely superb: beautifully served and delicious food!
Enjoyed the entire experience. The boat ride was beautiful and the cruise director gave an excellent narrative on the way over and the way back. The food was good and the Indian dancers and story tellers were far better than I had expected.
Sadly, my sister and I could not meet up with our group on time. Our motel desk person assured us we could get a shuttle but that turned out not to be true. We tried our best, using the light rail but didn't arrive until 4:45--the boat had left. We were so disappointed :(
A very pleasant surprise. Food was very good, staff was very friendly, and the presentation was very professional. We've seen a lot and this was great.
It was very educational little trip and the food was great. We wish we had more time to explore the island.
This was an amazing experience, great for the whole family. The food was beyond amazing, the dance was great, the service was perfect. Thanks for the great experience! The ONLY thing my family and I wished was different, was for more time to explore the island after dinner. We were given just about 45 mins of walking time after dinner.
Going to Blake Island we got some history about the area surrounding us and we were then told once we were off the boat we would have some clams and dispose of the shells by crushing them with your shoe and once in the smokehouse we sat down for dinner and of course salmon was one of the items served.
We then watched for about 20minutes native americans dance and tell their stories and we then had about 25minutes of free time to explore the island.