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Danoja Zho Cultural Centre, Dawson City

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The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in: The People of the River

For countless generations the Hän speaking people of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in lived and traveled in a vast territory extending from the Yukon valley into the mountains to the north and south. The heart of this homeland was Tr’ochëk, a fishing camp at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers.

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in made their living on the land. People traveled between the rivers, creeks and the mountains, according to the season, harvesting fish, game and berries. They devised ingenious tools and devices from wood, skin and stone to trap, hunt, net and store their food. Resources from the land also provided clothing, transportation and shelter.

The Hän maintained a complex network of trade and exchange with their neighbors. People walked hundreds of miles over an extensive system of trails to trade and to visit.

The discovery of gold had an immediate impact on the life of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. Tr’ochëk fish camp, across the river from boom town Dawson, became flooded with prospectors. The leader of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Chief Isaac, was left little choice but to move his people away from their traditional home to the relatively isolated hunting camp of Moosehide.

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in has seen many changes over the past century, but the relationship and connection to the river and to the land remain.

To learn more about the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in visit the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre 1131 Front Street, Dawson City on the bank of the Yukon River across from the Dawson Visitor Centre.
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  • An excellent overview of the native influence and improtance to the area and to the town. Great artifacts and displays in the Cultural Centre. Well worth the visit for anyone wanting to understand the...  more »
  • The centre is very nice. The staff are friendly and they offer tours of the centre and there is a movie before the tour.  more »
  • This place is well worth a visit. The history of the First Nations people is fascinating. The staff were very knowledgeable and the short movie informative. The story of the fate of these people at th...  more »
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  • Good outside area by river.

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