FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 25, 2017
CAFN Welcomes All to 2017 Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt Dance Festival
Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction) – Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) welcomes everyone to our second Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt Dance Festival next week, June 2 through 4, at Da Kų Cultural Centre in Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction).
“Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt means ‘Our house is waking up the land’ in our Southern Tutchone language,” said Dän Nätthe Ada Kaaxnox (Chief Steve Smith). “We truly are waking up our language, people and culture, and revitalizing dän k’e (our ways).”
The 2017 festival features performances by 11 dance groups from Alaska and the Yukon. It is an extra special year for CAFN’s own Dakwäkäda Dancers, who are also celebrating their 25th anniversary during the festival.
“To prepare for the festival, we hosted a series of workshops for our Citizens to make new drums, button blankets and vests, and other regalia. This is really important because coming together and connecting through our culture is the source of our people’s strength and something that must never be lost,” said Dän Nätthe Ada Kaaxnox.
Other dance festival highlights include workshops for kids and adults, an artist market, a regalia fashion show, Southern Tutchone songwriting with Diyet, great food and much more. Admission is free.
Leading up to the festival, CAFN will also unveil Da Kų Cultural Centre’s brand new exhibit, titled Shakat (Harvest), on June 1 at 6 p.m.
Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt activities will start at 9 a.m. daily and run all day June 2 through 4. For more information and the full schedule please visit our website at CAFN.ca.
Volunteers are needed June 1-4 and will be rewarded with a volunteer barbecue dinner after the festival concludes on June 4. Volunteers will also be entered into a draw for round trip tickets to Vancouver or Calgary, thanks to a generous donation by Air North, Yukon’s Airline. Volunteers can sign up by emailing festival coordinator Sharon Shorty at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt is a biannual dance festival hosted every two years by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations at Da Kų Cultural Centre. The first Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt festival was held in June 2015. Da Kų means “Our House” in the Southern Tutchone language.