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The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers + DASH present Raven Strut

First single off their forthcoming album, Deconstruct/Reconstruct

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, a Yukon First Nations dance group, has teamed up with electronic music producer DJ DASH for their debut album, Deconstruct/Reconstruct, to be released on Nov. 24.

In advance of the album release comes their first single, “Raven Strut,” originally composed by Kevin Clevenger, a Tsimshian from the Pacific Northwest Coast, in Alaska.

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biography.

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, are a National Award winning Inland Tlingit dance group based out of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. They focus on reclaiming their languages and traditional values through their inherent art form of singing, drumming, dancing, and storytelling. The Dakhká Khwaán Dancers strive to present their performance with the outmost respect to cultural protocol and with the highest form of artistic integrity. Since forming in the community of Carcross in 2007, they have grown from 6 to 30 members and with the addition of a children’s group, the Dakhká Khwaán Jrs.

Dakhká Khwáan means Inland People/Nation, a name given to them by the late Dakla'weidi elder, Mrs. Eliza Bosely. They are members of the Dakla’weidi, Yan Yedi, Ganaxteidi, Deisheetaan, Ishkihittaan, Kookhittaan, Lukaax.ádi and Wolf Clans.

The group is led by Marilyn Jensen, who has danced since she was 2 years old in the group her Mother started in the 1970s, The Skookum Jim/Keish Tlingit Dancers. In addition, they are advised and guided by their loving group Elders and through the knowledge passed on from their Ancestors. Members of the group are the decendents of renowned Yukon Indigenous elders: Peter and Agnes Johns, Angela Sidney, Dora Wedge, Johnny Johns, Patsy Henderson, Louise Dickson, Tommy Smarch, and numerous others. We all share a passion for expressing our identity through the arts and absolutely love to sing, drum, learn language, make regalia and dance.

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tour schedule.

2-4

March

Coastal First Nation Dance Festival 2018

Museum of Anthropology , Vancouver, British Columbia,

31

December

Indigenous Showcase

Canadian Museum of History, Ottawa, Ontario,

27

May

Our 10th Anniversary Party!

Carcross -Commons, Carcross, Yukon, 2:00pm

2

June

Yukon First Nations Graduation

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Whitehorse ,Yukon, 12:00pm

2-4

June

Dance Celebration Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt (Our House is Waking up the Land)

Da Kų Cultural Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon, 12:00pm

15-19

June

Performances + Dance Workshops

Smithers, British Columbia, Town of Smithers, 12:00pm

20

June

C/TFN Long House Opening

C/TFN Long House, Carcross, Yukon, 12:00pm

21

June

National Aboriginal Day

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, 12:00pm

1

July

Canada Day Performance - Featuring DJ Dash

Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, 12:00pm

1-2

July

Canada Day Performance

National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, 12:00pm

6

July

Adäka Cultural Festival

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, 12:00pm

6

July

Atlin Music Festival

Atlin, Atlin, British Columbia, 12:00pm

26-28

July

Haa ḵusteeyí Celebration

Teslin, Teslin, Yukon, 12:00pm

2

August

Canada Summer Games

MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 12:00pm
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