2019 Dákų̀ Nän Tsʼèddhyèt Festival Begins this Week
Our House is Waking Up the Land
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 12, 2019
Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction) – This week, June 13 through 16, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) is proud to host the Dákų̀ Nän Tsʼèddhyèt Festival at Da Kų Cultural Centre in Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction).
“This is the third festival we’ve held since launching Dákų̀ Nän Tsʼèddhyèt in 2015, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest and the best so far,” says Dän nätthe äda Kaaxnox (Chief Steve Smith). “We’re excited to welcome many visiting artists like Indigenous rapper Tall Paul, throat singers Lois Suluk and Patricia Kablutsiak, the Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers, New Dawn Drummers, and many more new and familiar Indigenous artists from across the North.”
The Dakwäkäda Dancers will be ambassadors showcasing the culture, songs, and dance of Shadhäla, Äshèyi yè kwädän (Champagne and Aishihik First Nations) throughout the event.
The Festival starts this Thursday at 3 p.m. with a traditional welcome and continues daily from 9 a.m. into the evening through Sunday. The event features Indigenous performers, a fantastic variety of workshops, youth activities, great food and much more – and everything is free to the public.
“Everyone is welcome,” says Dän nätthe äda Kaaxnox. “We look forward to hosting and sharing this celebration of drumming, song and dance with visitors from near and far. Come help us wake up the land.”
The Festival is funded by CAFN and through generous contributions from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada.
For more information:
Amy McKinnon, Communications Manager
(867) 634-4200 ext 237