Located just 45 minutes away from Ketchikan (by ferry), Metlakatla is the largest settlement on the 86,000-acre Annette Island, the only Native America reservation in the state of Alaska. With a population of just 1,600 the town relies primarily on fishing for its economic stability, and on subsistence hunting and fishing for food.
Built in 1887, the town was founded by a group of 823 Canadian Tsimshian Indians who migrated from Prince Rupert, British Columbia when the Anglican missionary who was leading them was ordered to destroy all of their native heritage. He refused, and instead asked the United States for a place they could move to. They were granted Annette Island and the minister, William Duncan, moved with them to what would become Metlakatla. There, the tribe was allowed to continue to practice basket weaving and totem carving -- everything else, including speaking their language and dancing their traditional dances, was forbidden. To this day, the town's feelings about Duncan are mixed, as he both saved elements of their traditional culture but also stamped much of it out.
Metlakatla is a tiny town; you can see most of the attractions on your own, but without a guide you'll miss out on the rich cultural context behind them.
Find Cruises to Metlakatla
SponsoredBest Value Ever: Princess Alaska CruisesBook during our Best Sale Ever and get these perks
- Drinks + tips included
- Unlimited Wi-Fi included
- Gratuities paid on your behalf included
- All destinations on sale & applies to all cabin types
Cruise Critic is not a booking agent and does not charge any service fees to users of our site. Our partners who list cruise pricing on Cruise Critic are required to provide prices for cruise only, per person, double occupancy, and are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates, and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings. Taxes, fees and port expenses not included. Rates are in USD and valid for US and Canadian residents only. Fuel supplement may apply. When you book with one of our partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
For any cruises listed, Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates or prices. In addition, average cruise prices are updated nightly.
Furthermore, Cruise Critic makes no guarantees for availability of prices advertised on our site. Listed prices may have blackout dates, qualifications or restrictions.
Cruise Critic is not responsible for content on external web sites.
Lowest pricing is based on our 3rd party pricing supplier and valid as of January 21st, 2020.