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Dennis Shorty and Jennifer Froehling

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Fritz Mueller


DENNIS SHORTY is a member of the Kaska Dena First Nation from Ross River.  He is a visual artist, song writer and musician.

For Dennis, making art is a spiritual path and a way to communicate with his ancestors.Carving natural materials, including moose , caribou and deer antler, muskox and sheep horn, and wood, he achieves his refined and detailed imagery using a variety of hand and power tools.

Jennifer Froehling manages the marketing aspect of their business, as Dennis's work has been garnering attention locally, nationally and internationally.  Additionally Jenny plays traditional drum and sings along side her husband.

Together they form DENA ZAGI - the voice of the people. Traditional music in Kaska language their band started in 2009


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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Courtesy of From the North

We deserve a pat on the back. That’s part of the point of From the North says Kim Winnicky, executive producer of the arts performance and show, a Canada 150 project being produced by Music Yukon. “We (in the territories) don’t often get a chance... more

Oct 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Iris Kris Krueger, Wochenspiegel

Ross River musician Dennis Shorty grew up in a musical family that spoke Kaska and performed at social events. Now he is sharing his love of the language through the musical duo he formed with his wife, Jennifer Froehling, is called Dena Zagi... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2016-09-22, PHOTO: Fritz Mueller

Dennis Shorty created his first sculpture when he was eight years old. It was a moose carved out of poplar with a burbot fish skull for antlers and a bit of “fish glue” to hold them in place. He was proud of the sculpture and showed his father, ... more

Sep 22, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Courtesy of Suzanne Paleczny

Yukon artist Lawrie Crawford imagined a gallery, an airy space with high ceilings and big beautiful windows. She could picture Suzanne Paleczny’s sculpture of Icarus hanging there. With that vision an idea was born. Crawford and her colleagues in... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Carcross

Arts In The Park

Photo: Courtesy of Arts in the Park

Every weekday lunch hour, for 11 glorious weeks, the park fills with kids, office workers, seniors, moms, dads, twenty-somethings – all types of people – who come together to listen to music, check out some art and eat their lunch. It’s a free event more

May 19, 2016 12:00 AM , Yukon Music

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August 28, 2014

When Kaska master carver Dennis Shorty talks about his art, the conversation is more likely to focus on his respect for the materials he uses than on his finished products. more

Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM Ross River

The bi-annual Myth and Medium symposium runs from February 24 to 28 this year, the week after the territorial Heritage Day holiday. Heritage Day originally inspired the idea of Myth and Medium about a decade ago. The first symposium tied in nicely... more

Feb 20, 2014 12:00 AM Dawson City

On May 30 Dennis and I left a big flood behind in Ross River, and landed in Germany where many cities, towns and villages were also flooding. We are here on our annual trip to promote tourism, culture, and Yukon artists, more

Jul 4, 2013 12:00 AM Ross River

It can take approximately six days to hand-make a traditional pair of beaded moosehide moccasins. That's why they cost about $250. But when you splurge on a pair your feet will be toasty warm and you'll be walking around in artwork. more

Feb 13, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

When Natasha Peter walks into the coffee shop, she's grinning with excitement. "We were just down the street looking at rifles," she says of her "trip to town" with her boyfriend. "I'm stoked to get my own .22." A 21-year-old who knows how to skin a more

May 5, 2011 12:00 AM Ross River

In its 10th year, the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, has made a few changes intended to give people more to do, as opposed to just looking and buying. more

Aug 12, 2010 12:00 AM Dawson City

On May 30 Dennis and I left a big flood behind in Ross River, and landed in Germany where many cities, towns and villages were also flooding. We are here on our annual trip to promote tourism, culture, and Yukon artists, more

Jul 4, 2013 12:00 AM Ross River