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I will be going to Alaska in a few weeks. Was wondering if anyone knew of a shop that sells authentic Alaskan items. Seems like everything I find is from China.
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We saw many authentic Indian made Alaskan souvenirs while there. If it's authentic, it will have a tag or label stating so. One great place though is in Anchorage called the Alaska Wild Berry Park and Village. Another in Anchorage is the Alaska Native Heritage Center. It has beautiful and fairly expensive authentic items.
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Thanks, Not going to Anchorage -

Doing the land tour - then cruise
Fairbanks
Denali
Talkeetna
Kenai
Whittier
Skagway
Juneau
Ketchikan

Anybody else have any ideas?
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Thanks, Not going to Anchorage -

Doing the land tour - then cruise
Fairbanks
Denali
Talkeetna
Kenai
Whittier
Skagway
Juneau
Ketchikan

Anybody else have any ideas?
Maybe if you had been more specific with your question other than just saying Alaska, I would have known to add the following answers, too.

In Fairbanks, if you go on the paddle boat up the Chena River there is a nice gift shop there that had native items. At the El Dorado Mine there is also, the same type gift shop there.

In Denali, there is a wonderful gift shop that had lots of reasonable authentic Indian gifts.

In Talkeetna, inside the Lodge is a wonderful native giftshop. Down in town there was one shop that was only authentic made gifts.

In Skagway, there are all kinds a shops in town.

In Juneau, we only shopped at the Harley Store after returning from a 9.5 hour excursion up the Tracy Arm.

In Ketchikan, the shops are literally right across the street from the ship. Many cute shops there including a wonderful Christmas Store.

Hope this helps more!
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Thanks so much. Sorry, I was a little distracted when I wrote the first post.
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If you're stopping in Ketchikan, go to Soho Coho. It is an art gallery with local art from Ketchikan residents. They sell all sorts of stuff besides art. It is located on Creek Street.
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Stay away from shops who have loaded down shelves with little things on it in mass quantities.

Almost everything Alaskan native made has an artist bio available.

Look for an artist bio if you are buying carved silver jewelry. There's more and more stamped or cast junk.

Nuggets that are Alaskan come with a certification of the mine it came from.

Most of the time, the shops that carry real Alaskan stuff also carry the import stuff...because people buy it.

But seriously, if you see something that makes you happy, it will give you memories of your trip even if it's made in China. You still bought it there. ;-)
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I grew up in Alaska. Everyone seemed to love the moose nugget souvenirs. They had earrings, swizzle sticks... And yes, nuggets are what you think they are.
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I will be going to Alaska in a few weeks. Was wondering if anyone knew of a shop that sells authentic Alaskan items. Seems like everything I find is from China.
http://ketchikanblog.com/2009/07/bes...ketchikan.html

I wrote an article on my blog about the best souvenirs in Ketchikan. check it out if you'd like

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