The YEarly Round

When the Coastal Tlingit migrated inland and began to permanently occupy the area around Teslin Lake, survival became a constant focus predicated on semi-nomadism. On the coast, the Tlingit enjoyed bountiful food sources, a much milder climate, and the benefits of a sedentary lifestyle; winter in the Teslin area was much colder, especially a generation ago, and some perished in years when food was scarce. The Yearly Round refers to the migratory rhythms employed by First Nations to follow the available sources of food.

As Catharine McClellan aptly describes in My Old People Say, "for all (Southern Yukon) tribes, the aboriginal pattern was a semi-nomadic existence primarily dictated by seasonal sources of food" (p. 95). Each First Nation had their own version of the yearly round as dictated by their locality, and each developed skillful ways of improving their harvests.

Visit the Seasonal Display to find out more about the Tlingit Yearly Round and the local traditions involving hunting, fishing, trapping and preparing foods.

 

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