A variety of exhibit areas showcase the culture and history of the Champagne and Aishihik people. During the summer months, guided tours of our outdoor and indoor exhibit areas are offered. Inside Da Kų, you will find panels on each of our historic villages and contemporary communities. The most popular of our indoor exhibits is the floor map.
The 2019 Exhibit called Dance and Gatherings of the Southern Tutchone people is presenting the dance tradition of the Champagne and Aishihik people. Dance regalia, instruments, songs as well as other aspects of social gatherings where dance occurred are displayed. The exhibition shows how early dance from the precontact Geometric Period looked like and leads into the introduction of fabric and beads of the Beaded Period. The exhibition also shows current practices and illustrates what changes occurred and what has been retained from the past.
Celebrating Our Artists, our exhibit for Summers 2016 and 2017, opened officially on June 21. It featured art from six of our CAFN artists; Frances Oles, Fred Stick Sr., Fred Stick Jr., Brenda Asp, Ron Chambers and Arthur Joe. From oil on canvas to painted drums, from carvings to fashion design as well as photography, we are very proud to showcase some of our great talent.
Treasures, our exhibit from last year, opened summer 2015 in our feature exhibit space. Treasures showcases the family heirlooms of the Champagne and Aishihik people, those important items that connect us to our ancestors and their way of life.
The Gúyàt (beads) exhibit was our first exhibit. Gúyàt showcased the exquisite beauty and detail of the Champagne and Aishihik beadwork tradition. The exhibit featured a range of handmade items decorated with beads: slippers (moccasins), mukluks, puberty hood, coats, vests, gun scabbards, gloves, purses as well as smaller items.