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
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. Daily updates at https://www.facebook.com/DanojaZhoCulturalCentre/
Things to See and Do in the Summer Season.
Our tours and programs are part of the general admission ticket. Your ticket is valid for two days and all programs.
The Hammerstone Gallery: Our Culture, Our Stories Guided Tour. Spend some time with a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen and hear the stories of our vibrant community. (45-70 minutes)
Nihè Dä̀hchʼe Shò Trʼinląy- Welcome Film. Get to know our community, our land and our people. (15 minutes)
Tea Table. Join us for a glass of wild-crafted tea. Our teas are also sold in the Gift Shop.
Wild and Rosie Apothecary Program. Explore how to create beautiful, natural products with plants from our traditional territory and beyond. This is a hands-on activity that will leave you energized! (30-60 minutes)
Bannock and Sourdough: Food For The Trail. Join Dänojà Zho and Parks Canada staff for hot bannock and yummy sourdough bread. Learn about the history of these hardy foods of the North. Enjoy a campfire coffee or our locally blended tea from the land. (60 minutes)
To Talk With Others: Contemporary First Nation Art Exhibition Walking Tour. Join a Dänojà Zho Heritage Interpreter and explore a First Nation art exhibition situated in three downtown Dawson galleries. Walking from gallery to gallery, come to understand how Yukon First Nation artists responded to meeting notes on important land issues in 1977. Don’t miss the hand beaded portraits, original short films or the giant pink moose. Includes strolling along uneven boardwalks. (60 minutes)
The Story Map Walking Tour. Join a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Hän language teacher and explore the first language of this land. This tour explores old stories, historic vistas and gives guests a chance to experience language and laughter. Leave from the Dänojà Zho and walk along the river bank to the base of the Moosehide slide. Sturdy shoes, sun hat and all weather jacket is recommended. (60 minutes) Available late June until August 12.
Sasquatch, Cannibals, and the Unexplained Walking Tour. A north-end walking tour sharing stories of the unfamiliar. Walk with a Heritage Interpreter up to the base of the Moosehide Slide for a truly supernatural activity. (60-90 minutes) Available August 13 -September 13.
The Beading Circle. Working with a community artist, visitors learn basic beading techniques. You will come away with a new appreciation for the traditions and artistry of this timeless art form. (120 minutes)
Radio Zho – Live by the Riverside. Join the radio audience on under the big white tent for a live radio broadcast on CFYT 106.9 FM. One hour of music, local news, ideas, laughs, and the Hän word of the day. Free! (60 minutes)
Chin Chin Zhit Nodrik- Inside a Box is Light. Storytelling in Shadows. An entertaining shadow puppet performance that brings life to our stories from long ago. Perfect for the young and the young at heart! Hand-crafted and performed by Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in staff. (15 minutes)
Creative Corner. The Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre staff often have creative or cultural pursuits underway. Stop and take a look. Questions and photos welcome.
Summer Special Events
Checkout the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre Facebook page for up and coming special events.
FREE – National Indigenous Day Celebration: Friday, June 21, 2019. Check out https://www.facebook.com/DanojaZhoCulturalCentre/ for more information.
FREE – Dawson City Music Festival Stage: July 19-21, 2019. Check out http://dcmf.com/ for more information.
FREE – Dënezhu Bingo Giant Dice Game. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm. Check out https://dawsoncity.ca/event/discovery-days/ for more information.