Tuesday, August 14, 2012


We took a little trolley tour around the waterfront of Whitehorse.
We were going to stop at the new First Nation Cultural Center, but the trolley did not stop until the roundhouse, so we got off there and went to the MacBride Museum. Very worthwhile. We watched a gold panning demonstration.
I posed at an old bar.

Sam McGee's original cabin. Robert Service asked to use Sam's name in his poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee."
We went out to the fish ladder to see the salmon going around the hydro dam.

The rushing water from the spillway made a nice rainbow.
The local school children painted and decorated wooden fish as a mural for the approach to the fish ladder.

The fish ladder. Few fish yet, but we did see some hanging out at the bottom of the ladder.

The footbridge over the Yukon. The Yukon is clear here because the White River carrying glacial sediment comes in way   downriver from Whitehorse and upriver from Dawson City.
We then went over to the new Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, just dedicated in June.
There was an interesting display on recent archeological finds in nearby ice patches.
William wants a frontlet

Just one part of the many sad things that happened to these Tagish people

They are carving a totem about the family and the clans, wolf and crow. Each cedar chip represents a life hurt. When they are done with the totem all the chips will be burnt as a cleansing.

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