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Teslin Area Trapping

A full scaled diorama of seasonal hunting and trapping objects gives the viewer a taste of a Teslin winter and introduces the animals of the area. Beaver stretchers and traps, sleds and a full-sized recreated trappers cabin.

** Find out how hides are tanned even today in a Tlingit village, how to judge a fine pelt and what vehicle of ancient people is still the failsafe vehicle of the modern trapper.

Teslin Area History and the Alaska Highway

Teslin was on the All-Canadian Route to the gold fields of the Klondike and was neighbour to a small boom town, a shipyard where a sternwheeler was built, crews surveying for the Overland Telegraph and an assortment of miners, loggers and traders. It saw such strange events as the Norman Lee Cattle Drive and the arrival of a religious orders to replace the Russian Orthodox faith with which most were familiar. The coming of residential schools, the US Army, an airport to ferry planes to Russia during WWII and the Alaska Highway, changed the Teslin Tlingit and the Teslin area.

** Find out what mark soldiers left on the landscape, why Tlingit death rates escalated and what George Johnston and his people did during those tumultuous years.

For other sources on these themes visit these websites: Yukon Archives, the MacBride Museum and the Dawson City Museum for the Gold Rush era, and the Yukon Transportation Museum for paddlewheeler and highway history.

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