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FIRST PEOPLES
· The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
HISTORY
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This is a photograph of Frank Chambers butchering the bloody carcass of a moose.
Frank Chambers butchering a moose. S. Gaunt, CAFN.
In the times of a modern economy, CAFN members continue to exercise their subsistence rights to hunt and fish. These activities provide more than food for CAFN members. They connect the people to their heritage and provide opportunities to teach the culture to present and future generations. CAFN people also have extensive land management responsibilities and self-government rights following from their land claim agreement for the Yukon portion of their territory.
Split salmon drying on a rack. S. Gaunt, CAFN.
This is a photograph of split salmon drying on a rack.
Gophers (arctic ground squirrel) roasting on a campfire. S. Gaunt, CAFN.
This is a photograph of eight skinned gophers (arctic ground squirrel), pierced through with sticks and roasting over a fire.
Elder Marge Jackson collecting soapberries. S. Greer, CAFN.
This is a photograph of elder Marge Jackson using a plastic sheet to help collect soapberries.
Soapberries are whipped to make Indian ice cream. S. Gaunt, CAFN.
This is a photograph of a bowl of frothy, red soapberries being whipped by hand.
Trapping for furs, which also continues, has always been a part of the CAFN economy. Trapping activities increased during the nineteenth century when Chilkat Tlingit traders from the nearby coast came inland to secure furs from the Southern Tutchone. The Chilkats traded these furs to the Russians and later to the Euro-American traders along the coast. At least one Tlingit settlement was established in the Alsek basin during this period. The nineteenth century is recalled as an exciting time, during which many cultural exchanges and intermarriages took place between the two cultures. The Tlingits protected this trade and travel route to the Yukon interior, keeping outsiders from using it until the discovery of Klondike gold in 1898 initiated the first great influx of non-natives into the region, changing life forever.
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