It was an honour to meet Chief Andy Carvill and celebrate with the Tagish First Nation of the Yukon area as they opened a new learning center and cultural building. There was a day of speeches, music, dancing and a meal where we got to taste – herring fish eggs – a delicacy in this part of the world which is harvested and served on kelp. A highlight of the day was the Dakhká Khwáan Drum and Dance group.
The Tagish/Tlingit culture is matrilineal – with two social groups Wolf and Crow who are then divided into six recognised clans. Interestingly, a Crow would always marry a Wolf and a Wolf a Crow, ensuring a healthy population but things have changed since European settlers.
Each clan has a crest which I noticed on a lot of the regalia worn.
Some more drumming and singing from the 60th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow on the Wind River Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. The Walking Buffalo Singers from Big River Saskatchewan, Canada are a new generation of young singers - most related to the original group who recorded three albums. youtu.be/bPNw5n4VT8AIncredible drumming and singing at the 60th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow on the Wind River Reservation in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, from the Walk... ...