Our heritage comes from our past, but it is lived every day. Heritage is not just about old objects or stories that get put in books on shelves. We protect the past to make sure it is a part of the present and the future. –Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Dept.
Take a peek into the Cultural Centre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfGQE5FQGS4
Dänojà Zho is open by appointment in the winter season. You can follow us and learn more about our winter season community projects at https://www.facebook.com/DanojaZhoCulturalCentre/
Things to See and Do in the Summer Season.
When you arrive in Dawson City, stop by Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre for an activity schedule. Schedules are also available at the Dawson City Visitor Information Centre.
Hammerstone Gallery: Return to Tr’ochëk.
History in transition. Learn of the strength and resilience of our nation and the events that shaped our story in the last one hundred years. This exhibit shares history, photographs, artifacts and cultural objects.
Gathering Room Gallery: 2020 Exhibition TBA.
The Gift Shop.
The Dänojà Zho Gifts Shop has hand-crafted beaded items that feature the work of Yukon and northern First Nation sewers. One of a kind and original gift items including specialty tea, art cards and post cards that are exclusive to our shop. Check out our First Nation gifts and souvenirs.
The Tea Table.
Join us for a glass of wild-crafted tea at the lobby Tea Table. Staff will be happy to share basic information on the tea of the day. Enjoy yours while watching our Welcome film.
The Welcome Film- Nihè dähch’è shò tr’ìnląy
Hear our Hän language and music while you learn more about our vibrant self-governing Nation. This inspiring 14 minute film was made locally and is shown only at our Centre. “We are happy that you have come to visit.” This film is screened in our gallery every 15 minutes.
The Hammerstone Gallery: Our Culture, Our Stories Tour. Spend some time with a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen and hear the stories of our vibrant and growing community. The Hammerstone Gallery shares a perspective of life before and after the gold rush. Tour length is 30 – 65 minutes.
Sasquatch and the Unexplained: Walking Tour. This is an autumn walking tour that shares stories of the unfamiliar and unsettling. Leave from the Dänojà Zho and stroll with a Heritage Interpreter up to the base of the Moosehide Slide for a truly super-natural chat about bush man encounters. Sturdy shoes, all weather coat and an open mind recommended. Tour length is 60 minutes.
The Beading Circle. Learn the basic techniques of beading. Guests come away with a whole new appreciation for the traditions and artistry of this timeless art form. Patience and resilience are an asset to learning this art form. Bring your reading glasses! Limited class size. Program length is 90 minutes.
Wild and Rosie Apothecary Program. Explore how to create beautiful, natural products with plants from our traditional territory. An interactive, relaxing and joyful program. Program length is 60 minutes.
Radio Zho– Live by the Riverside. Join the radio audience under the big white tent for a live broadcast on CFYT 106.9 FM. One hour of music, local news, ideas, laughs and the Hän word of the day. Check out the program on line too at http://stream.cfyt.ca:8000/stream.m3u Program length is 60 minutes.
Bannock and Sourdough: Food of the Trail. Join Dänojà Zho staff for hot bannock fresh from the pan. Learn about the history of this newcomer food that has become a community favorite. Enjoy your bannock with local wild berry jam and a cup of bush tea. Program length is 60 minutes.
Creative Corner: The Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre staff often have a creative or cultural pursuit under way. Guests can stop and check out what we are up to.
Mystery Object: “What is that thing?” Check out a collection of cultural objects that were helpful in traditional times and today. Come and go display. Ask a staff member to show you their favorite.
Summer Special Events
Checkout the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Facebook page for up and coming special events.
FREE – National Indigenous Day Celebration: TBA. Check out https://www.facebook.com/DanojaZhoCulturalCentre/ for more information closer to the date.
FREE – Dawson City Music Festival DZCC Stage: July 17 & 18, 2020. Check out http://dcmf.com/ for more information.
FREE – Moosehide Gathering: July 30- August 02, 2020. Bi-annual cultural gathering open to all people at the traditional village. Only accessible by boat and some camping is available. Hosted by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government. Stay informed by visiting Moosehide Gathering facebook page.
FREE – Dënezhu Bingo Giant Dice Game. August 15, 2020. Check out https://dawsoncity.ca/event/discovery-days/ for more information. August 15, 2020.