Chief Isaac

​Chief Isaac Best known for the courage and insight it took to foresee that Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in society was at risk during the gold rush years, Chief Isaac not only moved his people to safer ground, he also entrusted many of their traditional songs

Capturing Character in Clay

It is a well-known piece of Yukon history: when gold fever rolled through the Klondike area in the 1890s, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in leader Chief Isaac made a bold decision that would change the fate of his people. As gold-hungry adventurers swarmed into what became Dawson City, Chief Isaac moved his people three miles downriver to Moosehide …

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Saving a Language and a Culture

Doris Roberts hates to fly, but when it came time to go to Tanacross, Alaska, to retrieve the songs and stories that Chief Isaac had taken there for safe-keeping many decades earlier, she knew she had to do it. Roberts had lost much of her Hän language while at residential school from 1946 to 1949, …

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