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Yukon Dakla'weidi celebrate rebuilding of traditional house

A potlatch, or traditional aboriginal gift-giving ceremony, took place at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse Saturday afternoon, marking the first such ceremony to be held there.

Tagish Keet Hit – Killer Whale House was destroyed a century ago

The first potlatch, or traditional gift-giving ceremony, to be held at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse took place on Saturday. (Facebook)

A potlatch, a traditional aboriginal gift-giving ceremony, took place at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse on Saturday afternoon.

The event, which was the first of its kind at the centre, celebrated the rebuilding of the Tagish Keet Hit – Killer Whale House in the Tagish community in southern Yukon.

The house was the spiritual home of the Dakla'weidi clan before it was destroyed by Anglican missionaries almost a century ago.

Potlatch organizer Marilyn Jensen said there has been talk of rebuilding the house for decades.

"So it just feels that all the stars have aligned," she said.

"You know, everything has kind of come into place to allow this to happen at this moment."

Jensen said the afternoon ceremony was a sacred event for invited guests, and not a tourist attraction.

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