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Southern Tutchone

How Are You?  Dänch'ea?


Southern Tutchone, one of seven Athapaskan languages in the Yukon, is spoken in the southwestern part of the territory.   

Their traditional areas ranged from the Teslin River in the east to the White River in the west, and from the lower Tatshenshini in the south to the Nisling River in the north. Today there are settlements at Aishihik, Burwash Landing, Champagne, Haines Junction, Kloo Lake, Klukshu, Lake Laberge and Whitehorse

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Southern Tutchone Words: 

Adäka (pronounced Aw-daw-kah) means "coming into the light" 

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Issue: 2018-06-20, PHOTO: Allan Ogilvie

The 2018 Adäka Cultural Festival is just around the corner! The annual multi-disciplinary arts and culture festival will be held this summer from June 29 to July 5 at its idyllic location, the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre located on Whitehorse’s... Read more

Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-02-22, PHOTO: Athena Etzel

Meet our dogs, they live for us, we live for them, the Yukon would not be the Yukon without Dog Culture. Send us photos of Yukon dogs and their people! Read more

Yukon Dog Culture

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Rick Massie

“Dänch'á Éh ma,” I begin the conversation with my mother in a standard Southern Tutchone greeting, uncertain and nervous about my speaking abilities. “Éyigē shrō kwäthän,” she replies. “My feelings are very good.” We are closing a generational... Read more

Yukon Culture

Culture has been described as the immune system of a people, and in a world where so many distractions are coming at us on a regular basis, Yukoners can take comfort in knowing that we are home to a beautiful and thriving culture. Read more

Yukon Culture

International Women's Day is Saturday, March 8, it's a day to pause and consider women's health, dreams, and safety — worldwide, and in Canada. It's a perfect time to see The Hours that Remain, a play by Ontario Métis artist Keith Barker. The play... Read more

Theatre - Dance

Burwash Landing musician Diyet is ready to celebrate the release of her second album. No doubt she already did a little, six months ago when the CD, When You Were King, was completed and launched into world. Read more

Yukon Music

This month Robert Kennedy Jr. will be here rafting with his family. An environmental lawyer and co-founder of the non-profit conservation group Waterkeepers Alliance, Robert Jr. will also give a talk. Read more

Yukon People

Adäka (pronounced Aw-daw-kah) means "coming into the light" in the Southern Tutchone language and each year this festival continues to expand, like the sun rising on a new day, spreading its light further across the land. Read more

Yukon Arts

I was told the action was in the kitchen shelter. As I walked towards the building, I immediately raised my camera to take a picture of a youngster playing caribou by holding a pair of icicles to her head like antlers. No sooner was the picture taken Read more

Yukon Education

Amber Walker's fourth solo exhibition bears the title Reclamation—a word that has several meanings for the 27-year-old Whitehorse artist. In part, Walker says, it is about reclaiming the Aztec side of her heritage ... Read more

The First Nations tradition of passing stories down from generation to generation is alive and well at Grey Mountain Primary School. This week, the school will host its sixth annual Thai' May Dhäl Storytelling Festival. Read more

Yukon Culture

Daniel Tlen sang our national anthem at the opening ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The event was viewed by one of the largest television audiences ever assembled. "There were some estimates that two-billion people were watching... Read more

Yukon People