American Indians of the Pacific Northwest by Elizabeth Von Aderkas

By Elizabeth Von Aderkas

The Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest, either at the Coast and the inland Plateau, have been the final to come across white investors and settlers. while touch occured within the overdue 18th century the explorers and investors stumbled on designated cultures.

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Most clients arrive in the state on one of the company’s ships (see chapter 4), but even within Alaska, chances are good that a tour you sign up for will put you on a Gray Line coach and exclusively in Westmark hotels, both owned by Holland America. The Westmark hotels are described in the appropriate sections of this book. Some are among the best in town, including those in Juneau (called the Baranof ), Fairbanks, and Sitka, while others are unremarkable. But then, on a group tour you don’t spend much time in the room, as schedules generally are tightly planned and daily departures are early.

But the program isn’t universally used, so the absence of the label doesn’t mean the work definitely isn’t authentic. Other labels aren’t worth much: An item could say ALASKA MADE even if only insignificant assembly work happened here. Of course, in Bush Alaska and in some urban shops, you can buy authentic work directly from craftspeople. Buying in Native-owned co-ops is also safe. Another program covers any item made within the state, both Native and non-Native. org/mia) indicates that a state contractor has determined that the product was made in Alaska, when possible with Alaskan materials.

Prices depend on a variety of factors, but in general a tour of a week is about $1,400 per person. 300 Elliot Ave. , Seattle, WA 98119. & 800/544-2206. com. Beware of Fraud In 2003, one of the largest trip planners in Alaska went bankrupt, leaving many visitors with worthless vouchers for prepaid reservations. It turned out the owner was using clients’ credit cards to keep her business afloat. She took her own trip to federal prison in 2005, but by then, even worse rip-offs had cropped up on the Internet.

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