Pictured here: an afternoon of calm away from the main group.
For centuries, the Yukon River was the transportation lifeline for the First Nations people of the territory. Moosehide Gathering – traditionally held near current day Dawson City - served to bring together the Yukon’s First Nations once every two years. A single cedar tree, after undergoing careful selection, blessing ceremonies, offerings of gratitude and nine months of carving by highly skilled craftsmen, enabled safe passage of the mighty river for stoic travelers. In 2018, a bold team of young people were inspired to revitalize the ritual and so began the arduous and spectacular journey from Whitehorse to Dawson. Eleven days of navigating rough waters, rain, cold, heat and sweat in a traditional canoe were rewarded with the awe inspiring beauty of the vast Yukon landscape. The adventure culminated in all the cultural vibrance and spiritual significance of the historical Moosehide Gathering. .