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The Inland Tlingit community of Teslin is located on the shores of Teslin Lake in the southern Yukon. The community was first settled in the mid 19th century by Coastal Tlingit traders and explorers who had been travelling inland regularly in earlier times. The village became more permanent during the 1940's when the Alaska Highway was built through the area.
The village site had been a summer gathering place where the people came to rest and spend time together during the busy annual round of trapping, hunting, and harvesting. The people brought with them their clan system, potlatch tradition, language, songs and dances, and traditions which remain strong today.
Today the Teslin Tlingit Council has returned to a traditional form of government which operates through their clan system. The Chief is chosen by the General Assembly and the Elders, as are two deputy Chiefs, one from the Wolf side and one from the Crow moiety. The council is composed of five clan leaders, or spokespersons, who are chosen by their respective clans.
The Teslin Tlingit Council is actively involved in the implementation process, attempting to build new ways of becoming self-sufficient in a contemporary world and continuing to prosper in the old traditional ways, retaining the language, culture and laws for future generations.
We are collecting phone books again and the funds raised will be split between our Food for Learning program and our fiddle lessons with Amelia. Thank you in advance for your support.