Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt 2017

Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt
(Our House is Waking up the Land)

2nd Biannual Festival of Aboriginal Dance, Singing & Drumming
Da Kų Cultural Centre, Haines Junction
June 2-4, 2017

Everyone is welcome!  Admission is free.

Tsür Khȩla
Tsur khȩl (the woodpecker) is the symbol of our 2017 festival. The most common woodpecker species returning to dákeyi (our country) are the Hairy Woodpecker and the Northern Flicker (pictured). The familiar “tap, tap, tap” sound they make helps to wake up the land each spring. Artwork by Frances Oles.

For more information, please phone Da Ku Cultural Centre at (867) 634-3300 or email festivalcoordinator@cafn.ca.
You can also follow our Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt – Dance Festival page on Facebook.

Festival schedule:
for a printable schedule, please click here (prints on legal paper)

Thursday, June 1
12:00 – Lunch Barbeque
6:00 – Lighting of Sacred Fire
6:15-7:00 – Stew & Bannock Supper
7:00 – Opening of New Exhibit – Shakāt – Dánän Käy Ghàtts’ashät (Our Land Feeds Us), with Frances Oles, Susan Knight, Heather Hougen
7:30 – A Susie & Sarah Welcome

Friday, June 2
Activities & Performances
8:00-9:00 – Light Breakfast Served
All Day – Communal Button Blanket Activity – for everyone; hosted by Da Kų Interpreters Sheila, Susie and Tyrrell
9:00-1:00 – Button Robe Workshop, Nancy Keen
10:00-12:00 – Form Line Art, Fred Stick Jr.
10:00-12:00 – Dän Zhur (donjek berries) Necklace – Part 1, with Frances Oles.
12:00-1:00 – Bagged Lunch Served

Main Stage
1:10 – Elijah Smith School Dancers Performance
1:30 – Storytelling Circle, Nyla Carpentier
2:00 – Northern Tutchone Stories, Sharon Shorty
2:20 – Jingle Dance Performance, Nyla Carpentier Workshops
3:00-4:00 – So You’ve Always Wanted to Learn Indian Dance, fun with Jackie Bear.
3:00-4:00 – Dän Zhǜr (donjek berries) Necklace – Part 1, Frances Oles.
6:00-7:00 – Supper Served by House Cooks
6:30 – Short Welcome
6:45 – Dakwakada Dancers 25th Anniversary Celebration
7:15 – Regalia Fashion Show, hosted by Dakwakada Dancers
8:00 – Featured Performances:  Dakwakada Dancers, Yees Ku Oo, Nyla Carpentier Jingle Dance, TagishNation Dancers, Northway Dancers, Dettah

Saturday, June 3
8:00-9:00 – Breakfast Served
9:00-10:15 – Learn some Dákwanjè by playing the Catan Board Game, with Mary Allison.
10:00-11:00 – Button Robe Show & Tell with Nancy Keen
10:00-12:00 – Make an Eagle Feather Snare, Elder Paddy Jim.
10:00-12:00 – Dän Zhǜr (donjek berries) Necklace – Part 2 – with Frances Oles.
10:00-12:00 – Paint A Dance Paddle, Fred Stick Jr.
10:00-12:00 – Make a Grouse Feather Dance Wand, Sharon Kabanak.
10:00-1:00 – Yukon Circus Society Hosted Activities
10:30-12:00 – Create a Skit in Dákwanjè, Mary Allison
11:00-12:00 – Pow Wow Dance Boot Camp, Nyla Carpenter
11:00-12:00 – Inter-Tribal Relationships, MJ Jim
11:00-2:00 – Deshän K’alhka Nakwats’uy ni (Hand Games Demonstration), Dene Games Team Yukon
12:00-1:00 – Bagged Lunch Served
1:00-2:00 – Raven & Wolf Stiltwalkers

Main Stage
2:00-on – Featured Performances:
Nyla Carpentier Jingle Dance, Dághàalhaan K’e, Northway Dancers, Carcross Nation Dancers, Dakhká Khwaán Juniors, Dettah Drummers, Yees Ku Oo, Teslin Tlingit Dancers
4:00-6:00 – Official Welcome Ceremonies & Grand Parade:
Dän ts’a n dak’i (important words) by Chief Smith and invited dignitaries. Parade led by Dakwakada Dancers

Saturday Evening
6:00-7:00 – Feast Served by House Cooks
6:30-7:30 – Raven and Wolf Stilt-walkers
Main Stage
7:30 – Visit from Sarah and Susie
8:00-10:00pm – Featured Performances
Northway Dancers
Chilkat Dancers
Dakhká Khwaán Sr.
Dettah Drummers
Dakwakada Dancers

Saturday Late Evening at the St. Elias Convention Centre
10:00pm – 12:00am – Rap Performances by Paddy Jim & Friends
Special Guest Juno-Award Winner Bluesman Murray Porter (Six Nations)

Sunday, June 4
8:00-9:00 – Breakfast Served
9:00-12:00 – Make a Medicine Bag, with Fran Oles
9:00-12:00 – Dákwanjè Song Development, Diyet, Khâsha & Friends
9:00-11:00 – Tlingit Language Lesson & Fun, Mary Folletti & Friends.
10:00-12:00 – Dän Art Forms (drawing & painting), Ukjese van Kampen
10:00-12:00 – Make a Skin Headband, Sharon Kabanak
10:00-12:00 –Bug Dope from Bush Ingredients, Marion Primozic
10:00-12:00 – Set a Rabbit Pole Snare, James Allen
10:00-12:00 – Learn Dákwanje by playing the Catan Board Game, Mary Allison
11:00-12:00 – Kwändür (Storytelling Circle), Luke Campbell
11:00-1:00 – “Rez Bluez” Workshop, with Murray Porter and Elaine Bomberry
10:00-1:00 – Hand Games Demonstration
10:30-1:00 – Yukon Circus Society Activities

Sunday Afternoon
12:00-1:00 – Bagged Lunch Served
1:00-4:00 – Featured Performers, with possible dance competitions:
Dakhká Khwaán Jr., Dághàalhaan K’e, Nyla Carpentier Jingle Dance, Teslin Tlingit Dancers, Dakhká Khwaán Sr., Dettah Drummers, Dakwakada Dancers
4:00 – Performance of New Songs & Closing Ceremonies
6:00 – Barbeque for Volunteers

Ongoing Throughout Weekend
Outdoors – Friday and Saturday – Enjoy of Cup of Healing Bush Tea, hosted by Marian Primozic
Balloon Animals, made by Yukon Circus Society
Traditional/Indian Names – get your nametag, with Amanda Workman

Kwanishchis – Shawnithan – Thank you
Funders include: Heritage Canada, Government of Yukon, Champagne & Aishihik First Nations

The talented Sharon Shorty has accepted the position of Coordinator for the 2017 Da Ku Nan Ts’etthet Dance Festival, which takes place June 2-4 at Da Kų Cultural Centre. Sharon will be working the Da Kų staff to deliver an exciting weekend celebration that you won’t want to miss. Her responsibilities include mentoring staff Shania Jackson in the role of festival coordinator. If you have any questions about the festival, or ideas you would like to share, please feel free to contact Shania at (867) 634-3300 or email festivalcoordinator@cafn.ca .


  1. Nancy Keen

    Yak’ei st’ootaat! Good morning from Juneau!. Look for Yee Ku Oo from Haa Aani/Aak’w Kwaan to attend this year’s Celebration. We are a multi cultural dance group with songs & dance from Tlingit, Tsimpshian, Haida, Aleut groups and more!
    My mother and I will be traveling up together and, are both CAFN members. Mary Lekanof & Nancy Keen~Raven/Coho. Yeil/L’uknaxh.adi~Gunaaxoo Kwaan. Gunal’cheesh!

    • Sharon Shorty

      We are so looking forward to host your group here in Haines Junction! See you June 1st!

  2. Selena

    Is there a schedule of events posted for the weekend?

    • Amy McKinnon

      The schedule is being finalized now and should be available by May 30. Thanks!


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