Polar Blog: The Van Tat Gwich’in Navigation Systems Project

An intricate network of trails and water routes overlays the northern Yukon’s Old Crow Flats, the ancestral homeland of the Van Tat Gwich’in. These are the pathways the people of this northern First Nation have used for millennia to move around their territory, hunting, fishing, trapping, gathering berries and plants, coming together in gatherings, and travelling into the Northwest Territories and Alaska to visit relatives and trade. Until recently, the maps of most of these routes existed only in the minds of those familiar with them, but the Van Tat Gwich’in — who for years have been making meticulous records of their own cultural heritage — have changed that.(...)

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