Curated by: Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
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 Khwáan Dancers present their performance with the utmost respect to cultural protocol and with the highest form of artistic integrity. Members of the group originate from all of the Interior Tlingit Nations as well as other welcomed Nations from the Southern Yukon. They share a passion for expressing their identity through the arts.
They have danced across Canada, the US, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the Pam Am Games in 2015. The group received the 2014 National Aboriginal Cultural-Tourism Award and were nominated for an Indigenous Music Award for their debut album Deconstruct/Reconstruct, produced in collaboration with DJ Dash.
The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers offer traditional performances as well as the Deconstruct/Reconstruct live multimedia performance that fuses Tlingit First Nation singing, drumming and dance with electronic music, and video. This high energy performance features carved cedar animal masks, stunning regalia, and floor shaking bass and beats that carry the unique voices of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers into the future.