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This multi-disciplinary conference commemorates the 150th anniversary of the drawing of the Kohklux Maps by Chilkat Tlingit chief Kohklux and his people at Klukwan, Alaska for American scientist George Davidson. These are the oldest surviving maps of south-east Alaska and southern Yukon, and the oldest known maps drawn by Indigenous people in this part of the world. 11 years later, Hän river pilot Paul Kandik drew the Kandik Map for French Canadian fur trader François Mercier, documenting the region around the Yukon, Tanana, and upper Kuskokwim rivers.
Using these maps as a starting point, join us to explore themes such as trade alliances, astronomy, Indigenous languages and place names, mapmaking, travel and journey experiences, and more. This conference will offer a forum for the exchange of new research, stories, and memories between community knowledge-keepers, academics, historians, and others.
This conference is produced in partnership with Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations/Da Kų Cultural Centre, and Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. Funding for this project is made possible with support from Government of Yukon’s Community Development Fund.