Trapping History On Display

An exhibit opening this month at Haa Shagóon Hídi is highlighting trapping history in the southern lakes region.

It's called “Haa G̱aatáa Haa Ḵusteeyí - Our Trapping Our Way of Life,” a multimedia exhibit showcasing the long story of trapping in the region.

It will include artifacts, artwork, photographs, tools, regalia, fur-fashion, as well as works from artists like Annie Smith and Ted Harrison. It will also feature trapping and sewing tools uncovered on the Yukon’s ice fields.

Multimedia elements include historic recordings of elders sharing stories of their lives living off the land and curated archival photographs.

Organizers say the exhibit is more than a historical display — it’s a connection to a living legacy.

“This is a means to reconnect with a living culture deeply rooted in history,” says curator Sandra Storey. “The intent is not just to educate, but to inspire curiosity, mindfulness, and respect for the land and its people.”

Haa G̱aatáa Haa Ḵusteeyí opens October 18th at 1 pm with an afternoon celebration, featuring the Tagish Nation Dancers, artists, and fur-processing demonstrations.

It will wrap just before Christmas with a Christmas Fur Fashion Show.