Yukon Territory: Tlingit!



About halfway between Watson City and Whitehorse, there is a small community named Teslin, where you will find the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre. The Tlingit (pronounced Klinkit in English) people are a First Nations Tribe.

Long ago, all the Tlingit lived on the other side of the mountains. They were a coastal people. They are skilled artisans, renowned for their woodwork and totems. If you visit the museum, you will see exquisite examples of their work. Eventually, the coastal Tlingit began trading with others inland. After many generations, some of the Tlingit moved moved inland and built settlements in the British Columbia and Yukon interior. That is how the Teslin Tlingit came to be.

Like most First Nations peoples, the Tlingit have battled cultural erosion, but they are undergoing a cultural revival and embracing the beauty of their culture again.


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