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Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
The Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre is located in a spectacular setting on Teslin Lake, five kilometres north of the Village of Teslin with a clear view of Tle’nax T’Awei (Lone Sheep Mountain), also known locally as The Three Aces or Dawson Peaks. The highest levels of Teslin Tlingit Council government – the General Council and the Elders Council – regularly meet in the Heritage Centre.
Visitors to the Heritage Centre are greeted by five traditional Clan poles carved by local artists. They represent the five Clans in which Teslin Tlingit Council society remains firmly rooted: Kùkhhittàn (Raven Children), Ishkìtàn (Frog), Yanyèdi (Wolf), Dèshitàn (Beaver), and Dakhł΄awèdi (Eagle). These poles symbolize the elements of land, water and air.
The Heritage Centre opened in 2001 and is an award-winning building designed by Yukon architects Kobayashi & Zedda. The main building is comprised of the Great Hall, Elders’ Room, Gallery, and gift shop. The Gallery provides a showcase for modern and traditional Tlingit arts and culture. The gift shop offers arts and crafts made by local Tlingit artisans and other unique gift items. On site at the water’s edge are the canoe shed, a traditional fish camp and kitchen cache that are used throughout the year for open-air programming.
Hours and Admission Fees
Hours: June 1- Sept. 1, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment
Admission: Adults - $5, Seniors/Students - $4, Bus tours - $3, Family of 5 - $15, Children under 5 – Free
School groups - $2.50 per child. Programs can be customized to suit specific needs.
Parking: Ample parking, RV-friendly
Information: 867-390-2532 ext. 335
The Heritage Centre Gift Shop is open year-round. It showcases locally made traditional Tlingit arts, crafts and garments, silver jewellery, paintings and other appealing gift items. These items can be purchased on-site; shipping is also available.
The Heritage Centre exhibits modern and traditional Tlingit arts and crafts including carving, beadwork, apparel and masks. For more information on our permanent collection, see our Arts page.
The Heritage Centre hosts traditional dancing and drumming performances, cultural demonstrations, and a variety of workshops and information sessions. See our Culture page for more information.
Community Meetings and Workshops
Community meetings, workshops and information sessions are regularly held at the Heritage Centre. For information on booking the Heritage Centre, see Heritage Centre - the Venue.