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.
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: To Talk With Others. Contemporary Yukon First Nation art exhibit.
This exhibition shares the response of Yukon First Nation artists after reading meeting notes on important land issues in 1977. Each artist expresses their understanding in their own medium. The exhibition is spread between three Dawson galleries and is visiting for the summer season. Visit the other two galleries hosting this exhibition wit us- the SOVA Yukon School of Visual Art on the corner of Third and Queen Street and the Odd Gallery at KIAC on the corner of Second and Princess Street.
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.”
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 30 – 65 minutes. Monday to Saturday 10:30 am & 3:30 pm. May 23 – September 20.
To Talk With Others: Art Exhibition Walk. Join a Dänojà Zho Heritage Interpreter and explore a contemporary Yukon First Nation art exhibition in three downtown galleries. Walking from gallery to gallery, see a wide variety of art practices inspired by archival documents on land issues in 1977. Don’t miss the hand-beaded portraits or the giant pink moose! Tour length- 60 minutes. Tuesday to Friday 2:00 pm. June 5 – August 30.
The Story Map: Walking Tour. Join Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Hän language teachers and explore old stories and historic viewpoints. Here is your chance to experience Indigenous language and laughter. Leave from the Dänojà Zho and walk along the river bank to the base of Ë̀dhä̀ dä̀dhë̀chą- the Moosehide slide. Sturdy shoes, water bottle recommended. Tour length- 60 minutes. Monday – Thursday 11:00 am. June 26 – August 12
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- 60 minutes. Monday – Friday 2:00 pm. *Begins August 20 – September 20.
Wild and Rosie Apothecary Program. Explore how to create beautiful, natural products with plants from our traditional territory. Enjoy wild crafted tea during this interactive, relaxing and joyful program. You will leave refreshed, informed and inspired. Program length- 60 minutes. Tuesday + Thursday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. June 11 – August 29.
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. Free public program! Program length- 60 minutes. Friday 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. June 21 – August 23.
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- 90 minutes. Wednesday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm June 5 – August 28. and Tuesday and Thursday September 3 – 19.
Mystery Object Table Talk: “What is that thing?” Join a Heritage Interpreter and check out a collection of hand-made objects that were helpful in traditional times and today. Come and go display. Ask a staff person to show you! May 23 – September 20.
Little Hän Button Craft: Join a Heritage Interpreter and create a Hän Language badge of empowerment. Program length- 30 minutes come and go. Monday 1:30 pm- 2:00 pm. June 17- August 20.
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.