For the Teslin Tlingit, there is not a single child who has ever seen a traditional chinook harvest. This is because the tribe, in order to try and save this resource, went on a fishing hiatus in order to give the fish time to repopulate. Now, the tribe’s youngest legal adults will get to witness the first fish taken since they were babies, and the children are going to see the first fish of their lifetime taken. This is not only a return of a critical species to the habitat and an important food source, but the spiritual heart of this tribe. Continue reading Yukon’s Teslin Tlingit Tribe Celebrates Chinook Harvest in 17 Years→
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