MAKE AN OFFERING TO THE LAND:
Tobacco Offering: Remember to make say a blessing or make an offering of tobacco to the land following in the traditional ceremony of thanking the earth for the time you spend on the land.
PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO:
There are some great places to visit and activities for you and your family in the Visitor Map and Guide, "Atlin: Past and Present". Click on the brochure below to view or download a .pdf copy for your own use.
EXPLORING THE MAP BEFORE VISITING THE TAKU RIVER TLINGIT TERRITORY:
Use the Taku River Tlingit Place names map to learn more about the territory before you visit. Here are some ways that the map can be used:
Take a look at the map, and click on some places you may like to visit. Ask yourself:
- What new knowledge have you gained about the Taku River Tlingit Territory from your visit to the www.trt.geolive.ca website?
- What questions has the map inspired?
In a travel journal, you might:
- Record Taku River Tlingit words that you are beginning to notice.
- Record common words that you might use as you visit an area. Visit the language section to find some of these words and phrases.
- Questions you wonder about and wish to ask about Taku River Tlingit, remembering of course to respect the privacy of local people in the area. You might post your questions on the www.trt.geolive.ca forum.
- Fishing: Stop in at the Atlin Trading Post for advice on what you need to fish in Atlin Lake, or any of the smaller lakes around Atlin.
- Provincial Park Signs: Read the place name signs in Tlingit on the local provincial park signs and practice saying the names aloud.
- Héen (Water spring): Stop at the spring on Warm Springs Rd and fill your water bottles with fresh water from an underground spring.
- Bird Watching: Look for local birds from any of the many vantage points near water in the area. Look for the traditional Tlingit names for the birds at:
- Animal sightings: Make note of any sightings of local animals in a travel journal. Find the traditional Tlingit names for the animals at:
- Plant life: Make notes or drawings in a journal or take photos to include in a journal about the local plant life. Find the traditional Tlingit names for the plants at:
LEARN MORE ABOUT TAKU RIVER TLINGIT CULTURE ONLINE BEFORE YOUR VISIT:
- Making Soap Berry Ice cream: Look for soap berries all around Atlin in late summer. Ice cream is made by whipping the berries with sugar. Other berries can be added to the mixture for sweetening or flavour. Read more about Soap Berry Ice cream on the Taku River Tlingit website at: http://juneauempire.com/stories/060808/loc_288002266.shtml
- Dancing: Read about what Taku youth say about the Taku Kwan Dancers at: http://trtfn.yikesite.com/downloads/july-newsletter-09-3.pdf
- Language: Explore more Tlingit words online at: http://www.sealaskaheritage.org/programs/language_resources.htm
USE THE TAKU RIVER TLINGIT CULTURAL OUTINGS FORUM TO TALK ABOUT YOUR VISIT:
In this forum you can read and write about experiences in and around Atlin, B.C. and the Taku River Tlingit Traditional Territory.
For example: Warm Springs (Yat'aayi Héen): If you visit the Warm Springs (Yat'aayi Héen) on Warm Springs Road, you might write about your outing.
- Who travelled there with you? Family? Friends?
- When and for how long did you stay?
- Did anything unusual happen there or along the way?
- What brought you there or to the area?
- How did you here about Warm Springs?
You might also read about a place you plan to visit, such as:
- The Grotto (Túchkana Héeni): At the end of Warm Springs Rd., you will find the Grotto (Túchkana Héeni) on the east side of the road on your left. The Grotto (Túchkana Héeni) is a Tlingit sacred traditional place. The creek exits the cave from underground, hence the name, Túchkana Héeni, which translates to mean “it’s coming out of the ground”. You can learn more about the Grotto on the Tlingit Place names map. Follow the Atlin Rd. and then the Warm Springs Rd. heading south and you will find the icon south of Warm Bay.
- Monarch Mountain (A XeegÍ DeiyÍ Shaa): Find the trail to Monarch Mountain (A XeegÍ DeiyÍ Shaa) off the Warm Bay Rd. (Look for the sign to Atlin Center for the Arts.) Climb for a fabulous view of Tlingit Place Name (Atlin Lake). (Allow 4-6 hours return trip.)